how do you get your child to stop biting?

Shannon - posted on 04/25/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My almost 22 month old has been biting ppl since she was like 10 months old. The doctor told me that it is just a phase but I want it to be over with already and this seems to be too long of a time for it to be just a phase. I feel like I have tried everything. Please, all suggestions are welcomed.

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Shannon - posted on 05/24/2012

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Thank y'all for the feedback. She is slowly getting away from biting. It used to be all the time but now it's mostly only when she gets mad which isn't good either but I'm hoping that she is growing out of it.

Jennifer - posted on 04/25/2012

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Try this - they taught it to us in training when I worked with folks that had the potential to bite. I've used it with my daughter as well and it gets the point across. When she bites - gently but firmly press her head into the bite until she releases. It doesn't feel good, but doesn't hurt if you do it GENTLY. Do not pull away because that will hurt you and can result in injury. Then remind her that biting is NOT OK. If you can figure out her triggers, try introducing an alternate, appropriate behavior that lets her express her feelings. Good luck! I know it's frustrating.

Sherri - posted on 04/25/2012

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Oh that stinks I would try and separate her everytime she does it. Sounds like it is an attention getter so instead of giving her the attention. Remove her completely and give her no attention maybe put her in a chair facing the corner in her room.

Shannon - posted on 04/25/2012

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OMG.....lol I have tried that too and sometimes she doesn't even flinch. I have had many ppl tell me that it worked for them but I have not been that lucky. I have popped her hand and diaper too and that hasn't worked either. Sometimes just just does it when we are playing but there are other times when she is being straight mean, like if I am pulling her away from something.

Sherri - posted on 04/25/2012

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I know it is controversial but I bit my son back so he knew that it hurt. I tried everything else under the son and it was the only thing that finally worked.

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