Biting

Kim - posted on 07/24/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 1 year old has learned that he can bite to get his way when throwing a temper tantrum and just wondering if there are any ideas on how to get him to shop. I have been told already to try biting him back so that he learns it hurts to do that but just wondering if there are any other ideas.

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Debra - posted on 07/24/2009

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I would try to get him out of that habit as soon as you can. I've tried ignoring it and that really doesn't help. They tend to bite other kids more often when you don't let them know that they can't do that w/ out a punishment. I've tried biting back, it worked on my older two but my younger two it didn't even phase them. I put my son in his crib for naughty time when he did it and that seemed to stop the biting. Each kid is different and some things will work on one but not the other. It's a trial and error thing.

Kelly - posted on 07/24/2009

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I have also been told to bite the child back......but i would agree with Kate to use words to express there emotions.....my niece would bite when she was anrgy and she outgrew it once she could talk....but you just have to be patient with him and also make sure he lurns that biting will not get him what he wants......good luck.....

Kate CP - posted on 07/24/2009

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I think he already knows it hurts. If he's biting you during a temper tantrum to "get his way" he has probably made the connection that biting hurts. He's trying to communicate with you and doesn't have the words. When he's throwing a tantrum give him words to use instead of biting or hitting. Like "I know you're angry. I know you're mad." A lot of times once they know you've acknowledged their emotions they'll calm down. Also...could he be teething?

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