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For the trauma caused by biting, see Bite.

Biting is an age appropriate behavior and reaction for children 2.5 years and younger. Conversely children above this age have verbal skills to explain their needs and dislikes and biting is not age appropriate. Biting may be prevented by methods including redirection, changing the environment and responding to biting by talking about appropriate ways to express anger and frustration. School age children, those older than 2.5 years, who habitually bite may require professional help. [1]

Biting is also a behaviour found in many adult animals (including humans), often as part of sexual arousal. Some discussion of human biting appears in The Kinsey Report on Sexual Behavior in the Human Female.

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  1. ^ Child Care Links, "How to Handle Biting", retrieved 14 August 2007