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Biting - Exams and Tests

Talk to your doctor if you suspect that your child's biting is becoming a problem. Your doctor will want to know details about your child's biting and other behavior. He or she might ask questions about what is usually happening when the biting occurs, how you or other caregivers react, and what a typical day is like for your child.

Questions about situations where your child has bitten someone

  • Is your child more likely to bite an adult or a child?
  • Does your child seem angry or frustrated when he or she bites?
  • How many people are usually around when your child bites?
  • Is there a certain place or situation in which your child seems most likely to bite?

Questions about the discipline of your child

  • In general, what are your thoughts on disciplining your child?
  • How do you respond to your child when he or she bites?
  • How does your child respond after being disciplined when he or she has bitten someone?

Question about daily behavior and environment

  • Is your child frequently around other children? If so, is it usually in small or large groups?
  • Are there any significant changes in your child's life, such as a recent move or the birth of another child?
  • Does your child have any other recent behavior that concerns you?
  • How do others in your home express anger?
  • Do you have any concerns about how others may be treating your child?

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Last Updated: April 08, 2010
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