Biting as a Behavior Problem

Biting as a Behavior Problem

Topic Overview

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
  • Occurs in a variety of settings.
  • Injures other
  • 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.

Related Information


ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical Reviewer Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics

Current as ofMarch 28, 2018

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