my 13 month old bites when he gets mad. what can I do to stop this??

Allyson - posted on 07/04/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Everytime my 13 month old son gets mad about something he bites. example: my older son took the computer mouse from him because he was asked to since the 13 month old is not allowed to play with it. My younger one got mad because his brother was taking away his "toy" so he turned around and bit my older one on the back. It didnt break the skin but it did leave a pretty nasty bruise. He does this anytime anyone trys to take something away or make him do something he doesnt want to do. I dont know how to fix this problem. please help me!!!!

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Krista - posted on 07/04/2012

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Anytime my son bit me, I would firmly say, "NO biting", and would either put him down and walk away, or turn my back on him, or otherwise deprive him of my attention. I don't know how old your older son is, but would he be old enough to do this? At 13 months old, the thing they want most is attention, so if you "punish" them for biting by taking away your attention, they'll eventually clue in that if they bite, nobody will play with them.

In the meantime, it also might help to teach him some signs, if he's not yet very verbal. Often kids will bite because it's how they express frustration. So if you take away attention when he bites AND give him an alternative method to express that he's mad, that might help. What I did with mine was when I could tell he was angry, I'd say, "Sam is MAD! Mad, mad, MAD!" and I'd stomp my feet and cross my arms. Now, when he's pissed off, he'll sometimes start a tantrum, but if I say, "Is Sam mad?" he'll shift focus and say, "Sam MAD!" and cross his arms and pout. We can then talk about why he's mad and go from there.

Hope this helps.

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Allyson - posted on 07/04/2012

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Thank you. I will try this. He gets upset about things so easily and I know the biting and also he hits is because he doesn't know any other way to express the way he is feeling. I really like the idea of teaching him a way to say he is mad so I will definitely start working on that immediately. Thanks again

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