Uh-oh... DS bit one of the kids in his daycare class today
Apparently, he wanted to ride on the bike she was on and became frustrated and bit her!!
The teachers did not expect it because he is so sweet and gentle! He has never bitten anyone ever before! I felt terrible for the other child (they didn't want to disclose who it was but they said she was ok).
What could have caused this and how can I help prevent it from happening again?!
pineapple / 12566 posts
My son has been bitten a few times and has bitten once that I know of. I found it out of character for my son too. When the teacher told me about it I talked to him sternly about how we don't bite, how he doesn't like to be bitten by others and that he will be in lots of trouble if I hear about him biting in the future. So far, he hasn't done it since.
pear / 1610 posts
From my experience biting is very normal for toddlers and usually stems from them not being able to communicate what they want. Usually as they get more verbal they stop. You can talk to him about what to do when he needs help, maybe try to teach him the sign for help or a word that you would like him to use when he is upset. At my center we talk about what we use our mouths for, how biting makes the other person upset/hurt, and try to teach ways to help the biter communicate better or come to teachers when they need help. Sometimes we have had children who bite a lot or it gets worse when they are teething so we give them something to carry around(like a teether or something) and bite when they are frustrated or to soothe their teething pain.
wonderful pear / 26210 posts
Biting is developmental, so I wouldn't worry too much about it, but I would step back and look at how you interact with your child...do you play "bite" sometimes, while you're smothering him with kisses? Kids can't make the distinction between a kiss and a bite until they're about 2 and even then the lines are blurry. So we're really careful about making sure we don't model anything that resembles biting other people for our son.
The teachers can leverage techniques such as shadowing or gluing if there is behaviour that leads to biting, it should help address it before it happens.
Its so hard when it's our kids, I get it!