What to do to get my kid to stop biting?!

Katie - posted on 08/25/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My two year old bites. I've tried time out, spanking, even biting back, but nothing seems to help? He isn't in daycare so I don't know where he learned it? I've heard that some kids just go through a stage of biting? any ideas on how to get him to stop?

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Samantha - posted on 08/25/2009

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Sometimes it is a phase they are going through. At 2 years old, kids get their back molars, and a lot of times they bite because their teeth hurt and it's a way to relieve pain. Try giving them a teething ring or a wet wash cloth that has been cooled in the fridge. Putting this stuff in the freezer will make it too hard and can damage the teeth and gums there. Each time s/he bites, explain that "biting hurts" and "bite on this if you want something to bite", and then give him the teething ring each time. After a while, they may learn to just "ask" for the teething ring, if it helps. Hopefully that helps. I also tried all natural teething tablets that disintegrate in the child's mouth, and that also helped alleviate the pain and thus ended some biting.

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Krissy - posted on 02/02/2011

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two year olds are preschoolers, not babies... LOL! As much as we see them as adorable and think they can't understand just how much they are really hurting some one....



Trust me, they know more about what they are doing than you do....



At two, he should be fairly safe in his room, (or something similar)... as soon as he bites, yelp... "OW, that hurts mommy! No biting!" and march him quickly to his room, plunk him on the floor and walk out... if child follows, just keep repeating until child stays... crying or not...



When you feel child has stayed put and calmed down, go to child and say, "I want you to come back and join us, but there will be NO biting!"



Do this every time, and try it faithfully for a few times before giving up and trying different tactics.



p.s.... this may be a little ineffective if child's room looks like disneyland... if it does, then just give up and let child bite you... because said child is too spoiled to be disciplined... LOL! (sorry, I couldn't resist! I'm sure that's not the case here...)

Barrie - posted on 08/26/2009

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Its definitely a stage, 3 of my 4 children have gone through it...What I did is I bit them back, not enough to draw blood, just enough so they feel it..When they say owww..or something similar tell them well mommy feels the same way..Worked with my kids :)

Jillian - posted on 08/26/2009

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My Mom bit me back too when i was lil ... i dont remember it but i guess it worked. I moved on to hitting my sisters with hair brushes though, lol!

Renee - posted on 08/26/2009

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When I was a little girl I bit my Grandma. She bit me back pretty hard and needless to say it hurt. I never bit anyone ever again. Sometimes they have to learn the hard way.

Katie - posted on 08/26/2009

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Thanks for the idea! Not sure if his teeth are hurting but he usually bites if a kid has a toy he wants or if he's mad at you. He bites anyone! even me...I have told him over and over that it hurts people when you bite them but it doesn't seem to work! Guess I'll just keep trying!! :)

Jessica - posted on 08/25/2009

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That's something because my two and a half year old does the same thing. He won't bite me or his father or anyone else for that matter but his little brother. He's a year old and when he has a toy that the other wants but can't have his first thought is to bite. I was told the same thing that it was just a phase they go through, so maybe one day it will just stop. From one mom to another with the same problem maybe we'll get an answer out of this....

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