My 18 month old son has been having biting issues at daycare. He used to bite us at home, but has pretty much stopped. However, he is consistently having incident reports from his daycare. Now, I know biting is normal in toddlers. BUT. This has been going on for two months. Then in the past couple of weeks, it escalated dramatically. In two days, he bit 8 times. He broke the skin on one little girl's arm.
I am embarrassed, horrified, and I feel awful for those poor babies and his teacher. His teacher had a really rough day with him and broke down and told me that she can't let my son out of arm's reach because of his behavior. He has to sit in a high chair while she changes diapers or he will be running around wreaking havok. I can't even look at the other parents during drop off and pick up. I'm scared they're going to yell at me!
If he were coming home with bite marks multiple times a week, I would be so furious. I know something has to be done to stop this behavior, but I have no idea what I can do. I tell him "We don't bite! Teeth are for eating." I've also tried giving him teething rings to bite. At daycare, they do the same thing and redirect his attention.
His teacher said he isn't doing it to be mean, doesn't have any obvious triggers, and loves to go hug afterwards to say he's sorry. I really think he is bored and wants attention. On days that there are more activities, he doesn't bite. Either way, it needs to stop. I can't just wait for him to grow out of this.
Has anyone ever dealt with this? Any suggestions?