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Responding to Toddlers Who Bite

Biting is a very common behavior among toddlers, which means there are a lot of concerned parents out there.  You are not alone.  The good news is that there is a lot that parents and caregivers can do to reduce and, ultimately, eliminate biting.

To set the stage for effectively addressing this challenge, avoid calling or thinking of your child as a “biter” and ask others not to use this term.  Labeling children can actually lead to them taking on the identity assigned to them, which can intensify biting behavior rather than eliminate it.