How do you get a 7 month old to stop biting?

Brandee - posted on 08/04/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My 7 month old has two bottom teeth and one coming in on top. Is she just testing them out?

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Joyce - posted on 07/27/2011

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No flicking on the mouth if you are bitten while nursing. This will reinforce a child to think that nursing means she may get flicked on her face while she eats; not so much the biting. Just pull the breast away and say "no biting. This hurts mommy." Why are there so many physically negative parents here???

Joyce - posted on 07/27/2011

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No. Demonstrating the same behavior to the child only signals that you do no know of any other way to teach them. It encourages no conflict-resolution skills; it encourages bullying. Never, ever, bite or spank/slap your child unless it's for a lifesaving issue.

Jacquita - posted on 08/14/2009

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Yep they will grow out of it but if the baby goes to daycare and another baby bites then she/he will quickly stop biting because it hurts!..lol

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Joyce - posted on 07/27/2011

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Never, ever bite your child back!!!!!!! Even if it's lightly. Don't do this ever.

Joyce - posted on 07/27/2011

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Possibly, or she may be uncomfortable and need relief. I remember when my own wisdom teeth came in, they were irritating and I found great relief chewing on pens and pencils in college. So, when our oldest, now 29, had troubles with her teething, her pediatrician recommended sterilizing a clothespin (not the pressing/squeezing kind), letting her hold it and bite on that. I don't know what today's docs would say abt this as a practice, but it worked like a charm for her, providing great comfort and relieving many tears. We kept several around for her (why not, since you need to buy a whole pkg?) and sterilized them daily, rotating them throughout the day and getting new ones going, as she needed them. Good luck and a hug for your little one!

Ann Marie - posted on 08/25/2009

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Actually, the answer to this question is only one you can give. We can all speculate, but the facts bare, you have the answer: http://www.helium.com/items/782910-why-t...

I have ten children and know each one does it for a different reason. I nursed two with teeth. One started teething @ 9 weeks and had 4 by 11 weeks. She never bit.

Look closely. When she bites, cloud up and cry. Her natural sympathy will kick in, and she will not want to hurt you.

Natalie - posted on 08/14/2009

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I told my daughter No and set her down. She only really bit while nursing so putting her down on the floor was upsetting for her. I would absolutely no hit or even tap your baby in the mouth. Obviously their little mouths already hurt; plus if your baby is sensitive in nature a hostile response from you could trigger a nursing strike. I found that saying no calmly (or as calmly as possible anyway) and putting her down really worked for my girl. Some babies giggle too if you flip out and they'll bite again because they like the response. Just stay calm and persistent and the biting will quit. Good luck!

Tiffany - posted on 08/11/2009

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if she's biting you thats no good. but biting other things is just to help with teething.

if you are bfing like i was, it can be difficult, eventually I had to stop bfing cuz she wouldnt stop biting and I dried up :( sad.

good luck

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I'm assuming you are talking about when nursing? If so, I had the same problem with my second daughter. I said "OW" really loud (it startled her) and then said "NO" with a gentle flick on the mouth, then not let her nurse for a few seconds (I needed time to recoup!). It worked.

Joelle - posted on 08/07/2009

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My kids did this too and I would say, "No. That hurts Mommy." and take the breast away from them. If yours is anything like mine, that breast means more to them than anything else and the behaviour will stop when they realize they can't have both! A somewhat gentle but firm thwack on their cheek can also help. I think the hardest part is not reacting the way you want to when you are being hurt and really yelling or pushing them away! Good luck and this too does pass!

Paula - posted on 08/07/2009

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Well! What My Mom Did To Me When I Use To Bite Her When Feeding Was She Took A Bite Out Of Me. Its Something Gentle But Could Be Very Affective. With My Daughter All It Took Was A Slight Slapping Of Her Bottoms.

Jessica - posted on 08/04/2009

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7 months old you do not need to worry about the actual biting part other than when she trys to bite a human, maybe try sticking a teething toy in her mouth.

K. Erin - posted on 08/04/2009

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when my daughter started biting, we would say 'OW!' really loud and she quit biting so hard, then she just quit biting at all...with my son, i did something else...i bit him back. just on the finger and just lightly but it showed him that it could be hurtful and he never did it again.

Kathryn - posted on 08/04/2009

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I would go with telling her no. If she continues and the bites are comtinuing to get harder, I would add a very gentle tap on her mouth. It is more of the negative responce than hurting her. My son got to the point where he could draw blood if he bite too hard. I tried just no and it had no real effect. However the tap on the mouth made the point.

Julia - posted on 08/04/2009

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my son had 4 teeth by time he was seven months and he went through the same phase. anytime he would bite i would introduce a chewy or something to bite on instead of me. he still bit me but it cut down on the biting a lot.

Cheryl - posted on 08/04/2009

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You bet she is! She will be slobbering and chewing on anything she can get her hands on. The soft plastic chew toys are good, especially the kind you can put into the freezer. The cold will soothe her gums. She may very likely get a little feverish and cranky while teething too. It's been a while since I went through this, my youngest is almost 11, but you don't forget!

Stef - posted on 08/04/2009

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Most likely she is just testing them out because they're new to her. Maybe try when she bites you or anyone put something sour in her mouth and say "no". It might discourage her to stop biting...

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