• Oral exploration

 

• Teething

 

• Hunger or fatigue

 

• Lack of awareness that biting hurts

 

• Frustration, anxiety, stress

 

• Inability to express feelings or needs verbally

 

• Mimicking behavior

 

• Inexperienced peer interactions

 

• A way of showing affection

 

• A need for autonomy or control

 

• Exploring cause and effect relationships

 

 

What Can I Do If Biting Continues?

 

• Document biting in a log, noting patterns (time, child involved, area of room, activity child is doing)

 

• Observe for possible causes of biting.

 

• Say a firm, “No, Biting hurts.”

 

• Model empathy and caring for the child who was bitten.

 

• Implement solutions to possible causes of biting:

 

o Provide sensory activities, teething items.

 

o Reinforce “gentle touches.”

 

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