Help! I am in tears because my son will not stop biting me.

Sara - posted on 01/14/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I hate this feeling of being upset with my baby boy. He has bitten me so much and has really hurt me. He bites when he wants something and I am not fast enough or I am not in a position to give him wants he wants at that time or when he wants something he can't have, etc... Most bites are out if frustration but he has bitten me playfully. I tell him no bite each time and take him off of me and set him on the floor . He does fuss a little and then tries to bite me again. I have made myself cry and I have cried due to pain and he laughed both times.

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Dove - posted on 01/14/2013

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Other than biting him back... I was going to suggest what Ariana said about not reacting and just walking away from him for a few minutes.

Sara - posted on 01/14/2013

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Thanks for the advice. I do not think I will bite him back though. Lately I have been trying to stop him before he actually does bite.

Ariana - posted on 01/14/2013

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My mother would say bite him. Most people are against that but it worked on my sister (who was a biter). At this age you can't do time-out or any of those things.

If you just can't bite him then since you realize he does this often prevention would be the best thing. Try for at least 2 weeks to be hyperfocused on this. Obviously kids catch us off guard but make a point to constantly be aware if he's got an opportunity to bite you. If he does don't react, just get up and walk away from him. Almost like you just suddenly thought of something else.

He may be doing it for the reaction he gets (since he laughed when you cried). He doesn't have the ability to understand why he shouldn't do this.

Which is why I would say bite him if he bites you... If you can't bring yourself to that do NOT react (no crying yelling etc.) and walk away from him with no real response. Obviously that's harder than it sounds but try to do this. If you see he's trying to bite you or about to also put him down and walk away without speaking to him. Don't leave him somewhere but just long enough for him to go, hey if I bite suddenly Mom goes away and doesn't pay attention to me for a little bit. She's not reacting.

Good luck!

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