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    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 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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    By Healthwise Staff
    John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
    Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
    Last Revised March 21, 2012

    Last Revised: March 21, 2012

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