Biting at 15months

Jodie - posted on 03/18/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is biting his brother and the other boy that I babysit, it seems, mostly out of frustration. I've tried everything that every book can suggest and I'm starting to feel defeated. Any suggestions on what I can do to make him understand how bad biting is?

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Stephanie - posted on 03/19/2009

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The only way in my opinion to get him to stop bitting is to bite him back just hard enough that he understands what it feels like, and hopfully he stops.

Sandra - posted on 03/18/2009

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My boy is about a year old now and he used to bite me constantly. he would grab my legs when im doing dishes, etc and just bite them. i tried the "ouch that hurts mommy" like the books tell you to do but that didnt work at all. in the end (which i felt horrible doing at first) i wound up pinching his arm fat everytime he would bite me and i would say "DON'T BITE!". it only took about a week for him to stop and now when i feel like he might bite me i just have to say "dont bite" and he pulls back. so technically its the same method as the "bite him back" technique bc you show him that it hurts to be bitten and if you hurt others on purpose they might bite back.

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my son was bitten  by another boy at the daycare i used to use.  they held a seminar on it, and said that biting is for some kids like sucking their thumb. they do it when they are excited, mad, whatever ... they told me personally (since my son was on the receiving end) that when the child bit him, they immediately pulled him away from the situation and took him to a quiet place got down on his level and told him that it was "not ok" to bite. then sat with him quietly for a while or, left him to lay on his mat. eventually it did seem to stop. 



good luck! i hope this helps some!

Carrie - posted on 03/18/2009

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My 15 month old is doing the same thing...At this age I've read that they don't understand that they are hurting anyone and they find people's reaction entertaining. My MIL suggested biting him back! But how is that going to teach him that biting is naughty????



Usually, with my son I use my very stern upset voice and I say "NO TEETH"..he has been getting the idea...However, my son is an only child does it rarely for attention, I know it's just part of a stage..



If your son is feeling overwhelmed, tired, frustrated or needs attention and that is causing him to bite...maybe remove him from the situation, say "NO Teeth" and try to calm himdown on his own...sing a song, read a book...it only takes a few minutes for my son to change his attitude and get his mind off of biting...I don't know if that helps at all...but I'm going through it too...good luck!!



Carrie

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