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SuzyQ16's picture
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Need some Advice

Makenna started a new babysitter a few weeks ago, a great lady and I have been really happy with her. On friday I picked Makenna up and the sitter said she had a great day. When I got home and was changing Makenna into her jammies I noticed 2 marks on her back, I took a closer look and it looks like she was bitten by another child.

I know that sometimes kids bite each other and I am not too upset that she was bitten but what upsets me most is that the sitter didn't say anything about it!! Perhaps she didn't know?? Makenna is to go tot he sitter again today so I am going to speak to her about it, but i guess my main question is..... would you be looking for a new sitter??

Any comments or advice is appreciated.

Joined: 04/21/08
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I would not immediately pull my kid out. I would ask her what she knew about the incident and see how she reacts. If they have a biter there, she may be perfectly aware of the situation.

Sometimes the biter has to be removed from daycare - leaving those poor parents to try to find some other babysitting situation.

If, however, it continues to occur I would definitely remove my child.

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I agree with Tiff, if your happy with her and have no other issues I would talk to her and then see how things go before looking for another sitter. KUP!

jbraud55's picture
Joined: 04/11/08
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I would ask and see what she says. She might not have known. I found a bite mark on Gavin last night and had no idea Dalton bit him yesterday. I thought they were over the biting. So I would see what she had to say and go from there.

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So I dropped Makenna off this morning and asked the sitter if something had happened on Friday ( I know it happened Friday because I gave Makenna a bath on Thursday night and there were no marks). The babysitter insisted that she didn't see anything happen and was quite certain that Makenna didn't even cry.

This isn't the first time that she has been bitten, about 2 weeks ago she had a bite on her arm but I kind of brushed it off. The sitter commented that she noticed that bite but thought that makenna had bitten herself. She has never bitten before so why would she start now.....and why on earth would she bite herself???

Anyway, I have brought it to her attention and I am going to monitor the situation. DH feels that I am over reacting but I don't want Makenna to go to a sitter where she is going to get hurt.

Thanks for you help!!

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Joined: 03/18/08
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Luke has been bitten at daycare before, and its always written up as an incident that we have to sign off on... it is possible she wasn't aware of the bite, but it should be investigated a bit. If she knew and just didn't tell you, to me, thats a big deal. But kids bite and hit... especially at that age. I mean, my kid thinks he owns the playground and will push down anyone on anything he deems "his" :rolleyes:

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Joined: 04/24/08
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If Makenna is coming home happy consistently and you get warm and fuzzy vibes and it feels like the right place for her, I'd let it go.

I am SURE that my kids have bitten each other without me seeing it. I count these things as just part of having kids be around other kids.

That said, if it becomes a pattern, then I think you say something and reconsider the placement.

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"Nichole U" wrote:

I mean, my kid thinks he owns the playground and will push down anyone on anything he deems "his" :rolleyes:

D&G will surround the poor kid and growl at him/her until they leave the toy alone. They have definitely figured out team work.

And I am in agreement with Jamie on the issue. I hope everything works out good!