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Old 05-25-07, 10:00 AM
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I pick Brianna up from Daycare yesterday and the administrator, tells me that Brianna in snacking on the other kids!
So she was written up 2 times yesterday for 2 seperate incidents of biting! The teacher just told her no we don't bite our friends and moved her away from the situtation. Now I don't know what has prompted her to bite, whether it is the teething still or what. She is moving from the infant room to the Toddler 1 room, so that may have a factor in it, more kids, etc. I just feel so bad. So they told me that to try to avoid situations like this that Brianna will need a pacifier attached to her clothes at all times. So I had to drop her off w/ a pacifer attached to her today. I know she does not know what she is doing and the teachers are trying to help the situation, I just hope she does not get kicked out. Any advice? Thanks for listening.
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Old 05-25-07, 10:05 AM
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Does she normally take a paci? I don't think giving her a paci is going to solve this problem. At least it never would have with my kids. Lots of kids go through this in daycare situations at this age. It's perfectly normal behavior so don't feel bad. Telling them NO firmly and removing them or putting them in timeout will get the point across.

Also know that one day you'll be on the other end where a kid bites her that is when you realize there is nothing you can do about it until they grow out of it.

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Old 05-25-07, 10:13 AM
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It sounds like the move to the new room is causing her some stress, and it's making her anxious. I don't think a pacifier is going to help, but if that has worked for the daycare before, it's worth a shot.

Do they know why she is biting? Is she trying to get a toy she wants or is she just upset and bites the nearest child?

It really helped Susan when she got a little extra attention from her teachers (mainly because they were keeping a close eye on her to try and keep her from biting), but it seemed that the extra attention lessened her anxiety.

I know this is stressful for you, too (trust me, I've been there). I hope she gets past this stage and stops soon. You might be proactive with the administrators of the daycare and ask them for suggestions and advice. That way, they'll know that you're taking this as seriously as they are and would be willing to work with your rather than kick Brianna out.
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Old 05-25-07, 10:38 AM
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Thanks ladies. I could not talk to the teacher that wrote her up so I don't know what the reason is why she is doing it...ie toy? or whatever. I don't think the Paci will help either and I don't want her to have it in her mouth 24/7. Both dh and I are upset w/ that but I guess if it stops her from biting there we have to try it that was their suggestion. So we shall see. Her 3rd top tooth popped last Sunday and I think the 4th one up top is right behind it...it is swollen but not popped yet. They did suggest maybe a teething ring or something for her to chew on but if I take that to daycare and she gets uninterested it then another child may find it interesting then she will want it back. So hopefully it is the teething and transitioning??? But we will see how today goes, I will keep you all posted, thanks again for making me feel better.
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Old 05-25-07, 05:46 PM
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The paci actually could help a bit. Especially if she is biting from teething, and not out of anger. Gavyn has started grinding his teeth, so whenever he does it we give him his paci and it makes him stop. We also give it to him if he is chewing like CRAZY on his hands (his upper molars are VERY swollen right now and driving him nuts) and it actually seems to help him, maybe takes his mind off of his teeth? I guess it's worth a shot. She's not old enough for time out or anything like that, and I know that she doesn't realize what she's doing. I guess it's worth a try though! What about Orajel? Do they give her Orajel when she seems to be in pain?
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