and young children bite once in a while. Usually a bite is harmless and may not
even leave a mark. Most children stop biting on their own.
Biting in young children usually does not lead to behaviour problems
at a later age. But biting after age 3 may be a sign that a child has problems
with self-control or expressing feelings.
Biting occurs in a
variety of situations, most often when many children are together, such as at a
for different reasons, depending on their age.
Between 15 and 36
months of age, children may bite other people when they are frustrated or want
power or control over another person. Young children may bite out of
frustration because they cannot yet put their emotions into words.
After age 3, children usually bite when they feel powerless or scared,
such as when they are losing a fight or think they are going to be hurt by
another person. Children older than 3 who often bite other people need to be
seen by a doctor. Biting that happens past age 3 or occurs frequently at any
age may need treatment.
one child bites another, first take care of the child who was bitten.
Most biting can be
prevented with proper supervision that includes helping children express their
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Current as of:
July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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