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When Children at Child Care Centres Bite

Even with every precaution, injuries still happen in child care centres. By nature, children are very active, and some may be aggressive or anxious. They may push, shove or even bite another child in the playroom. Biting in child care centres does happen, however most bites are harmless and do not break the skin. If a child is bitten by a playmate, although rare, there is a risk of infection and transmission of certain communicable diseases.

What to Do

If the skin is NOT broken:

  1. Clean the wound with soap and water.
  2. Apply a cold compress.
  3. Observe.
  4. Inform parents.

If the skin is broken:

  1. Let the wound bleed gently.
  2. Clean the wound carefully with soap and water.
  3. Apply a mild antiseptic if available.
  4. Advise the parents to observe the wound over the next few days, if redness or swelling develops then a health care provider should be consulted.
  5. Report to the health unit (519.482.3416) if there was blood involved in the bite.

Last modified: February 19, 2020