biting; experimental; frustration; stress; bite; powerless; toddler ;
Biting is a normal part of development in young children. While biting can hurt and be frightening for the child who is bitten, there are not usually any health risks.
Biting can also frighten the child who bites. They can feel very powerful because of the strong reaction and attention it brings. However, the feeling of power can be scary because they can feel out of control.
Children need to feel secure and know that feelings can be managed.
To find out more
Have a look at the Parent Easy Guide Children biting developed by Parenting SA - A partnership between the Department for Education and the Women’s and Children’s Health Network.
For support in South Australia
Phone 1300 364 100
For advice on child health and parenting
Child and Family Health Service (CaFHS)
Phone 1300 733 606, 9am-4.30pm, Mon to Fri for an appointment.
More to read about biting and other child behaviour problems
Raising Children Network
For parenting information
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
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