my son wont stop biting my daughter, they are 18 months apart and it is really upsetting me.. can anyone help? Time-outs dont work

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Laura - posted on 11/18/2008

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I like the vineger!! My experince is a bit arcadic... but my mother would bite on the end of a finger nail..( not really hard)....then gently squeese the end of the finger... and it would hurt worse then the little bite... and the biter never would bite again. I used it on my son... only had to do it once.... I think it hurt me worse then him. But he never bit again. He understood how it felt.

Felecia - posted on 11/17/2008

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Hi! My friend just got her oldest to stop bitting ones and for all!! He bit everyone all the time he about a year and ahalf maybe two. But the last time he tried to bite was when they were here at my place. My boyfriends friend had came abck from doing army stuff and had those meal packs with him and it had tabasco sauce and hot sauce in it. Well Her son tried to bite my 8 month old in the face, and my friend grabed him before he could bite down and she grabed the tabasco sauce and put just a little drop in his mouth and boy he hasnt bit anyone since. We felt bad about it but he didnt cry, he just chugged on his bottle but never bit anyone again!

Anita - posted on 11/17/2008

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We checked out tons of books from the library one of our favorites is "No Biting" by Karen Katz. We learned alternate behaviors and vocabulary through the books. I'll even roll play with my girls..."When you are done playing with...can I have a turn?" "I don't like it when you... Please stop." I'll say it for them and let them repeat. The best part is that it is just a phase. Best of Luck!!

Stacey - posted on 11/16/2008

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Make him bite himself. I used to babysit a little fellow who bit everyone no matter what we did.i put his hand in his mouth and told him to bite. It hurt him and he cried and i felt bad, but i said to him that since he didnt like how it felt he shouldnt do it to other people!! he hasnt bitten anyone since so...

Sara - posted on 11/16/2008

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Hi Katie, biting is a normal phase for babies at the age of 17 to 20 months, is a defence mec. that they learn, you could do all the punishments in the world to them, but you'll just keep interepting its time, its kinda hard to explain, butI have three sons, and all of had this at exactly this time frame, I punished the first and second one, and 3rd one(who is 17 months old) I'm just not making a big out of it. Because if he needs to know that bitting is the only thing that will protect him for now from other things who bark, yell, or hit. I let him, the more you pay attention to him bitting the more he'll do it too. hehehe.

Marie - posted on 11/15/2008

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I have 7 kids, my first 2 are 18mths apart and when they were at that phase and I couldn't get my son to stop I gently bit him. Not enough to hurt but just to let him know it hurt. An old age trick my mom passed on to me that I have found useful with all of my children exept the last one because she hasn't hit that phase yet. Good luck

Mindy - posted on 11/15/2008

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Hi Katie, The vinegar worked for my youngest boy. I also use it for my two older boys when they talk back.

Heather - posted on 11/15/2008

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We were told by our doctor that vinegar works, keep it in a dropper and squirt it in his mouth when he bites. It doesn't hurt them and gives them a terrible taste. It worked great with my daughter.

Terri - posted on 11/15/2008

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My boys are 10 months apart and went through the same phase. I tried everything. Eventually my youngest son bit back. It pretty much put an end to it.They grow out of it once they mature and learn more effective ways of dealing with their frustration.

Katie - posted on 11/15/2008

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I'm just so affraid, he preschool will think I hurt my daughter, she has marks all the time, sometimes i can catch him time but sometimes they are just too fast!! My son is the younger one

Christa - posted on 11/15/2008

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This is a tricky one. Is your son older or younger than your daughter? Some things I have found useful is a teether, or use a toy specfically for biting. I work at a daycare in the infant room and the babies stay till they are 15 months. I know your frustration and my own 2 children recently left the phase. Shadow him for a while to see what's provoking him to bite, If you can, reconize the signs and intervien. I know it not always possible to do that all the time, but shadowing always works. When he does do it give hom the toy to take his frustration out. Then pull him aside and explain how it hurts your feelings and your daughters. He's trying to express what he can't say in his words.----No, I'm not an expert but this is what hours and hours of training taught me. I hope this helps. But always remember THIS IS JUST A PHASE. GOOD LUCK!!!

Katie - posted on 11/15/2008

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you are welcome, my oldest son and daughter are 15 and 18 and are "normal":) Its just a phase:)

Katie - posted on 11/15/2008

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Its because he cannot verbalize yet, My son did that to everyone and his pediatrician told me to tell him "No, Biting Hurts and remove him from the situation" he eventually stopped. She said they do it out of frustration or they are stressed or like I said because they cannot verbalize their feelings yet.

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