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Biting is a natural developmental stage that many children go through. It is usually a temporary condition that is most common between thirteen and twenty-four months of age. The safety of the children at the center is our primary concern. The center's biting policy addresses the actions the staff will take if a biting incident occurs.
Toddlers bite other toddlers for many different reasons. A child might be teething or overly tired and frustrated. He or she might be experimenting or trying to get the attention of the teacher or his peers. Toddlers have poor verbal skills and are impulsive without a lot of self-control. Sometimes biting occurs for no apparent reason. The center will encourage the children to "use their words" if they become angry or frustrated. The staff members will maintain a close and constant supervision of the children at all times.
The following steps will be taken if a biting incident occurs at our center:
The wound of the bitten child shall be assessed and cleansed with soap and water. If it is determined that there was a blood exposure further steps need to be taken under Procedure for Incidents involving Blood Exposure.
The parents of both children will be notified of the biting incident. Appropriate forms will be filled out (Incident Report). Note: If a bite requires medical treatment, a copy of the incident report must be mailed to the licensing consultant within 7 calendar days. See Child Care Requirements Licensing Guidelines Section .0802 (d) EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE
Confidentiality of all children involved will be maintained.
The bitten area should continue to be observed by parents and staff for signs of infection.
Procedure for Incidents involving Blood Exposure
An exposure is defined as contact with blood or bodily fluids to which universal precautions apply such as:
When a bite or injury occurring in the daycare setting involves a break in the skin and potential blood exposure, the Center will follow the guidelines set forth by the Mecklenburg County Health Department. The following steps should be taken: