Is Biting by a Toddler Normal? What is a Norm?

Based on the results of one study, toddlers at age 16-30 months who are enrolled in a child care center are the most likely to bite. Children not enrolled in a child care center displayed significantly less biting behavior. For toddlers enrolled in a child care center, on average, each toddler initiated 3.13 bites per 100 days (3.66 bites for male toddlers and 2.3 bites for female toddlers) in the child care center. For infants and toddlers, the incidence of biting was less than one bite per 100 days, and there was no difference between boys and girls. As for why toddlers bite and how to deal with the problem, most of the work to date is theory-based, and no empirical research was located.

Created on November 21 2015 at 08: 00 AM

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