2 1/2 year old biting

Gina - posted on 11/12/2008 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 2 1/2 year old is still biting at daycare every one in a while. Any suggestions. He is a really sweet, happy, easy going little boy, but he bites when another child gets to close to his toys!

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Shara - posted on 11/13/2008

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We did time-outs. My 3 year old was biting a lot when he was about 2 1/2. He bit his brother, and I about flipped every time. He usually did it when I was making dinner, or out of the room (laundrey, dishes, etc.). He ALWAYS got put on time out, either in our time out spot, or upstairs in his bed. After that we talked about how unsafe it is to bite people (they could get sick) and that we ONLY bite food. We then would talk about it throughout the day, and then when my hubby would get home, we would talk about it with Daddy, and he would reiterate everything we talked about. He got it after a few times.

Charissa - posted on 11/12/2008

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At 2 1/2 yrs old, he should be old enough to understand time out and consequences of bad behaviour. My son used to bite us as a game when he was about 18 months old...we started giving him consequences for it...i.e. we would put him on time out or take away a toy...as he grew older we also made him apologize if he hurt somebody. It took awhile but consistency paid off and he stopped biting.

Tara - posted on 11/12/2008

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Currently I am a parent educator for Early Childhood and Family Education but I used to work at a daycare and had biters... trust me, it is frustrating for the provider, children and children's parents. Many times a biter is just frustrated and cannot effectively communicate their frustration with the situation. In your child's case with another child getting close to his toys, he may not have the language or coping skills to tell the other children to "back off." Try at home to talk about what is bothering your son, and role play what your child could do instead. Sometimes giving the child other options can help. Make sure your child understands that biting hurts, I don't really recommend biting your child, but I have heard it has had slight success. Let the daycare provider know that they should not bite the child, because I know of court cases where the provider lost their license because of that behavior. After your child bites another child have the daycare provider talk to your son about how it makes the other child feels and remind your son of the alternate options. It may take time but eventually this to shall pass.

Gina - posted on 11/12/2008

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My husband tried that. He used to bite and his mom bit him and he stopped. Unfortunately, it didn't work for our little biter man. He has been bitten by other kids at daycare too, so he does know what it is like. I am at my wits end!

Larissa - posted on 11/12/2008

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When my oldest was biting, I finally was so fed up with it I just bit him back on his hand, not hard enough to break skin or anything, but just hard enough to let him know that it hurt to get bit. He has never done it since, so when my youngest bit me for the first time I bit him right back and have never had a problem.

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