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Biting as a Behavior Problem

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It is normal for infants and young children to occasionally bite. But sometimes biting points to a more serious behavioral problem related to hostility and aggression. A child should be evaluated by a doctor if biting:

  • Is frequent and continues despite caregiver efforts to control it.
  • Occurs after 3 years of age.
  • Occurs in a variety of settings.
  • Injures other people.
  • Occurs out of general anger and/or aggression rather than out of frustration or desire for an object.
  • Occurs with other aggressive behaviors, such as hurting animals.

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Current as ofMarch 27, 2018

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics

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