Why do kids bite?
As your baby's teeth start to come in, biting becomes inevitable. Your little one is just figuring out how to use his new chewing tools, after all! It's common for babies to want to bite or chew on pretty much anything they can get their hands on during this time. When your baby bites, they don't associate the action with causing you or anyone else pain — they're simply experimenting with different surfaces and textures.
Your baby also might start biting before teeth even appear, and this could be because they're trying to alleviate teething pain. You'll know if your baby is teething if they also:
- Drool more than usual
- Are cranky or irritable
- Have a low-grade fever (99 F/ 37 C, as measured in the rectum)
Some babies bite more than others, so it's important that you monitor your baby's biting habits and intervene when necessary. It's especially important to intervene if your baby starts to bite you while they're nursing.