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Why do children bite?

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Kids bite for a number of reasons -- and most of them aren't intentionally malicious.

  • They're in pain.
  • They're exploring their world.
  • They're looking for a reaction.
  • They're craving attention.
  • They're frustrated.

From: How to Stop Your Child From Biting WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on September 18, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 9/18/2018

SOURCES:

Iowa State University: "Biting."

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: "Human Bites."

Missouri Families.org: "What to Do About Biting?"

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: "Fighting and Biting."

University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension: "When a Child Bites."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on September 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Iowa State University: "Biting."

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: "Human Bites."

Missouri Families.org: "What to Do About Biting?"

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: "Fighting and Biting."

University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension: "When a Child Bites."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on September 18, 2018

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