Periodically, even in the best childcare program, outbreaks of biting occur in infant and toddler rooms, and sometimes even among young preschoolers -- an unavoidable consequence of young children in group care. When it happens it's pretty scary, very frustrating, and very stressful for children, parents, and teachers. However unfortunate, it is a natural phenomenon, not something to blame on children, or parents, or teachers -- and there is no quick and easy solution.
Children bite for a variety of reasons . . .The program accepts responsibility for biting and other hurtful acts and for protecting children. It is our job to provide a safe setting where no child needs to hurt another to achieve his or her ends. Here is what we do: Some children become "stuck" for a while in a biting syndrome and it is frustrating for the parents of the victims that we are unable to "fix" the child quickly or terminate care. We try and make every effort to extinguish the behavior quickly and balance our commitment to the family of the biting child with that of other families.