Biting Policy

Biting occurs at a specific developmental period in a child's life. It is an age/stage related occurrence and generally happens during the Toddler years.

Why Children Bite

  1. Toddlers are ORAL beings and put everything into their mouths. This is one way they learn about their world. Unfortunately this may also include other children.
  2. At this stage in their development toddlers do not have the ability to discriminate between animate and inanimate objects.
  3. Toddlers may bite for the ATTENTION that they receive.
  4. Too many children in close proximity may cause a toddler to bite.
  5. Most toddlers need a certain amount of space around them and their toys and do not welcome another child's intrusion. The toddler may bite to stop a child from taking his toys or to maintain his personal territory.
  6. Many toddlers begin biting when they are teething as this helps to relieve the uncomfortable feeling of new teeth developing.
  7. Toddlers have not developed social skills nor yet learned self-control. Biting may occur as an immediate reaction to a problem with another child, as toddlers cannot verbalize their problems.

Techniques Twin Oaks Uses to Prevent Biting

  1. Group size in the toddler room is kept as low as possible.
  2. We supply numerous appropriate toys on which children can bite.
  3. We will attach a teether in a safe manner to a frequent biter's clothing and encourage him to bite it.
  4. We will work with our toddlers to teach them the words to express their frustrations.
  5. A frequent biter will have a caregiver assigned to him to remain in close proximity to the child and to intervene if a biting situation occurs.

What Twin Oaks WIll Do After a Biting Incident

  1. The caregivers will focus their attention on the victim, not the biter.
  2. The bite will be cleaned with antiseptic and a bandage applied, even if the skin is not broken.
  3. An ice pack will be applied to the bite for a few moments to help relieve any pain.
  4. The caregiver will have the biter to gently stroke the victim, so both children will learn appropriate ways to touch and relate to each other.
  5. An injury report will be filled out on each and every bite.

What Twin Oaks WIll Not Do After a Biting Incident

  1. The child will not be physically punished in any way, nor will we bite the child back.
  2. The child will not be removed from the center.
  3. Staff members will not put anything into the child's mouth.
  4. Staff members will not withdraw love or food, or keep the child in isolation.
  5. Due to confidentiality rules we cannot and will not reveal the name of the biter to the victim's parents.