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Toddlers who bite: Prevention and discipline

The question:
My toddler was bitten by another child, and a mother told me that the bites are harmful. I would like some insight. - Sheri H

The Pediatrician Answers:
Toddlers will often bite each other. They do, however, need to be taught that that's not appropriate behavior. Identifying the kind of biter your child is will help you develop an appropriate discipline technique. (Click here to read "Biters: Why They do It and What to do About It.")

Human bites can become infected easily, so they need to be cleaned well if the skin is broken and then watched for any sign of infection (redness, pus, swelling, etc.). Usually, the toddlers who bite each other don't do a lot of damage, and often don't break the skin.

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