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Has your child ever been bitten at daycare? Lock Rss

When I picked up DD from daycare today she had been bitten by another child on the face. It is so bad that she actually has teeth marks on her cheek.

They told me it happened at 3.45pm and it was 5pm when I picked her up. I was in shock when they told me. Apparently another toddler was picking on her and kept pushing her over. He then pushed her over and jumped on her and bit her face.

DH is really really upset and angry, mostly at the centre. I am annoyed at them for not calling me when it happened. Tonight I also noticed grazes on her shoulders and forehead.

What do I do now? Talk to the director? Change centres? What did you do?

Thanks smile
Poor thing sad

Mine have never been bitten - at least that I know about!! lol

If it were me, I would speak DD's primary carer (I assume your daycare has this? At ours, a certain number of kids are assigned to just one primary carer - of course everyone chips in, but this person is the one who provides the most care and comfort) and ask them to keep DD and the other child separate and to watch the biter like a hawk.

I'd also speak to the room supervisor and say that if there are any incidents like that, you want to be contacted straight away.

Hope your DD is ok... unfortunately some kids are just biters, but now that this one is identified as having bitten/attacked your DD, they can keep a closer eye on him.


Hi, i work in childcare and as horrible as it is children do get bitten, children will bite normally because they are frustrated, mad or upset ect.... And sometimes staff cant get there in time as they may be attending to other children. I also have 2 children and my 3yr DD has come home with bite marks and it still upsets me... As for the centre not ringing you... That in my opinion is not right, i would definitely talk to the director about that and explain your feelings. But at the end of the day parents of children in day care need to understand that these things happen even tho its not right, and hopefully the staff at your centre do everything in their power to prevent these things happening.... Hope your wee darling is ok....
First off your poor little girl I feel awful reading that I have images of a sweet little girl being bullied!!!
I have only put my dd in daycare for 6 months and no icidents.
My half brother in law this will sound funny is 7 and when he was 7 weeks old a toddler managed to het hold of him and bit him on the face and drew blood my step mil went nuts bawling her eyes out and screamed the centre down don't blame her at all he was a freaking new born!
I would call the director that's so unprofessional of them to leave it that late to tell you and specially when she was hurt so much.
Is there another centre near by you could take her to?
Poor darling hope she is ok
What I don't get if that kid was picking on you dd why didn't they keep a eye on the kid being nasty why did they let it get that bad turning into a nasty bite!!
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My 3yr old son was bitten on the face too. It was about three months ago. Apparently the other kid wanted him to move and DS said "no. I was here first." Non of the carers saw it and only knew what the children had told them.

As soon as DF walked in the door to pick the kids up he was approached by on of the carers who told him not to panic and explained it to him as best as she could. I actually know the other boy as he came to my daughters birthday party last year. He's not a bad kid and some kids do go through biting stage.

Look, personally I was not that upset as i've looked after alot of kids in my life (not professionally) and kids will be kids!

The centre did not call me and I presume that they only would if they deemed it necessary. the other little boy was made to apologise and sit with my son and help him hold an icepack on his cheek.

Apparently my son did not cry but my daughter said "He did a little but stopped by the time Miss XXX came over."
Maybe if he had been a little more upset they would have called me but I was not concerned that they hadn't. If he was continually upset or asking for me i'm sure they would have but if it's not life threatening I suppose they let it go and just fill out a report.

Did you have to sign a report regarding the incident?



Thanks all for your replies. I can accept that biting is a normal part of kids behaviour (DD has bitten DH and I on the odd occassion, mostly when we have been playing around) although it upsets me to see her face with these huge teeth marks sad

I will chat to the carers and ask them to keep an eye on her to prevent this happening. I will also express to them that they should call me anytime that there is an incident.

DH and I are thinking about other options for daycare too. Thanks for all of your suggestions smile
Holy duly
That's terrible sad
I am going to sound over protective but my kids (nor i) were meant for daycare if that's common occurrence as a PP above stated sad
I hope your little girl is ok!

My 3yr old son was bitten on the face too. It was about three months ago. Apparently the other kid wanted him to move and DS said "no. I was here first." Non of the carers saw it and only knew what the children had told them.

As soon as DF walked in the door to pick the kids up he was approached by on of the carers who told him not to panic and explained it to him as best as she could. I actually know the other boy as he came to my daughters birthday party last year. He's not a bad kid and some kids do go through biting stage.

Look, personally I was not that upset as i've looked after alot of kids in my life (not professionally) and kids will be kids!

The centre did not call me and I presume that they only would if they deemed it necessary. the other little boy was made to apologise and sit with my son and help him hold an icepack on his cheek.

Apparently my son did not cry but my daughter said "He did a little but stopped by the time Miss XXX came over."
Maybe if he had been a little more upset they would have called me but I was not concerned that they hadn't. If he was continually upset or asking for me i'm sure they would have but if it's not life threatening I suppose they let it go and just fill out a report.

Did you have to sign a report regarding the incident?


Yeah they wrote a report that I signed. I am happy with the report as I know thats what they have to do.

DD is only 17 months, so a bit younger than your DS. She has only just started walking and is much smaller than the other kids so unfortunately she may be a bit of a target for being picked on.
Hi There,
The same thing happened to my son, he was going to child care for a while when he was about 15 months old, and came home several times with bite marks and scratches.
As many of the bite marks were on his arms the carers didn't even notice and we had to ask them what had happened. They eventaully said they found the "biter" but did say to me that he had to learn to "toughen up" a little as other kids knew he was a softie and would snatch toys and things off him and pick on him. This upset me so much, as I didn't want my child to learn to "toughen up", I wanted him in an environment where the snatchers and biters were being taught how to socialise more appropriately.
Needless to say he no longer goes to childcare, and I've stopped working and taken leave from my PhD as I don't believe childcare is the place for my kiddies.
I think childcare workers work and try very hard, but in a place where there are 5 kids to one carer in the under two's rooms and even more kids per carer in the older room, how can they keep an eye on everyone all the time and make sure kids are learning to treat eachother nicely and not just beating up on the softer natured kids? I think until changes are made to the system so there are fewer kids per adult these things will always happen.
I would totally talk to the director, as they should contact you straight away if something like that happens.

You could still see the teeth marks on my son's face the next day so it was a decent bite but the carers said he was happy and off playing as soon as they would let him take the icepack off so it didn't really bother him. Although he still refuses to play with this boy as I regularly ask him if he Played with him today and he says "No, he bites" and I try to explain that he should try and play with him. Sometimes we do nasty things but that doesn't make us totally bad people. Maybe one day he will get over it and if he doesn't want to play with him that's OK too.




Holy duly
That's terrible sad
I am going to sound over protective but my kids (nor i) were meant for daycare if that's common occurrence as a PP above stated sad
I hope your little girl is ok!


I know it makes me sick that to hear that its a common occurence! Unfortunately I dont have any friends or family to help look after her the 2 days she goes to daycare.

As soon as DH earns enough to cover my wage I am going back to be a SAHM hopefully to 2 or more babies! I do love my job but I love DD more xxx wub
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