Biting is fairly common in young children and it evokes a strong emotion in adults, both parents
and educators. Biting is often very painful and frightening for the child who is bitten. It can also
be very frightening for the child who bites. Biting happens for different reasons with different
children under different circumstances. The first step in learning to control it is to look at why it
may be happening. Reasons may include curiosity, frustration, copying and seeking attention.

1. Keep the children active in organized and supervised activities.

2. Praise positive behaviors routinely.

3. If the teacher observes a biting incident, the teacher will firmly tell the child “NO! DO
NOT BITE!” and attend to the bitten child immediately, comforting the child with
soothing words and hugs.

4. Clean the area of the bite gently with soap and water. Apply ice if necessary.

5. The bitter will be placed in time out for no longer than the child’s age (one year old, one
minute). The teacher will help the child understand the behavior is not acceptable.

6. Document the biting incident in the Incident Book and report the incident to the Person In

7. Notify the parent of the child who was bitten as soon as the child is picked up.

8. If a child inflicts 3 bites in a one week period (5 weekdays) in which the skin of another
child or teacher is broken or bruised or the bite leaves a significant mark, a conference
will be held with the parents to discuss the child’s behavior and how the behavior may be

9. The child will be shadowed to help prevent any biting incidents.

10. The child will be observed by the classroom teacher to determine what is causing the
child to bite (teething, communication, frustration, etc.) The Person In Charge or other
qualified professional may also observe the child if the classroom teacher is unable to
determine the cause.

11. The child will be given positive attention and approval for positive behavior.

12. After all preventative steps have been tried by the teacher if the child continues to bite
routinely the Person In Charge or designate will call the parent to pick up the child for the
remainder of the day.

13. Chronic biting may require that a child be suspended from enrollment for a period of time
(days, weeks, etc.). If a child is suspended the parent should be informed that the child
may return to the center as soon as the biting is abated;

14. If the child returns to the center, continues to bite, and is endangering the other children,
the child may be terminated from the program.









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