Posted in Behavior, Toddlers

1 year old bitten in the face

Was at an indoor play area and a little girl bit my 1 year old in the face. Grabbed his head and chomped him right in the cheek. Happened in like two seconds. Literally had deep indents in his skin where her teeth were. I’ve never experienced either of my kids getting injured by other children this way while present, and frankly it messed me up. I was so pissed I didn’t know how to react. The other mom did say, “Did she bite him? Sorry.” In the past I’ve had no issues getting confrontational with parents who don’t step in to reprimand their child over bad behavior, but since they did say a short “sorry” I reasoned with myself that there was nothing else to be said in order to calm myself down. Unless there’s any feedback on what else I could’ve done in the moment, I guess this is more of a vent. I feel so guilty for not being able to have prevented this from happening while sitting two feet away... seriously kills me to see his little face with the marks. Ugh.

  • Lulu
    Oct 03, 2018

    Oh wow omg if I were there this might've come to blows, bite my kid in the face?? Wtf!! Wow huge mama bear reaction! I don't blame you for being pissed! Obviously I would be too 😑

  • Katia
    Oct 03, 2018

    I couldn’t imagine having my baby’s face bitten but I do know that some kids are biters. I think I’m very reactive myself and probably would’ve done something I’d later regret or maybe not 😜. Anyways I think at this point all you can do is remember this won’t leave a permanent mark on your kids face and in the meantime just make sure you clean the area well and keep an eye on it for possible infections. I’m sorry. I wish I knew what the correct response was but I don’t. I just think you handled it well.

  • Anonymous
    Oct 03, 2018

    Wow! That sounds like it would be so frustrating! I wonder if that other mom is writing on another forum something like, “my daughter just bit another kid’s face! What do I do to change this behavior?” I think if that happened to me, I would be at a loss for words at what to say to the kid or the other mom. I guess my point is, yes that is a horrible situation but maybe realize the mom is probably already trying her very hardest to get her daughter to not do that. Some kids are just. . .🤷🏽‍♀️ really difficult.

  • Priscilla
    Oct 03, 2018

    @ Anonymous, I agree some kids are difficult as mine are in other ways; fortunately not in ways that affects others negatively. I sure hope she and any other parents of biters try to nip it in the bud; a lot of parents wouldn’t react as controlled as I did, I’d imagine. But hey, imagining her writing something like that makes me feel better, lol. 🤔Personally if my kid was a biter I would be following her closely to ensure she doesn’t get too close/touchy with other kids. To me, the fact she was sitting at a distance and could guess “Did she bite him?” without seeing his face makes me think she’s aware the kid has an issue with biting. Therefore in hindsight I should’ve told her just that, to monitor more closely. Thanks for your input though.

  • Geena
    Oct 03, 2018

    @priscilla- i agree. If the child is a known biter he or she should have been closely monitored or supervised. I feel bad it happened to your little one

  • A
    Oct 04, 2018

    My Son was bit In the face at gym daycare ... luckily I wasn’t there and the daycare workers pretty much dealt with it. I just felt bad for his poor face :( It healed pretty quickly though. I was initially kind of mad ... but I realize toddlers just do that kind of stuff sometimes. They don’t necessarily understand wha they are doing. A few months later my son went through a short biting phase himself. Fortunately, my son didn’t bye and strangers. On another instance my daughter was knocked over on the sidewalk by an older kid on a Strider bike. That time, I was present and I did kind of blow up at the mom. 🤷‍♀️ I don’t think it really helped anything but I just felt like the child needed to be talked to about paying attention to where he was going.