how do u stop my 21 month old from biting?

Nicole - posted on 06/24/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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my 21month old boy keeps trying to bite any child that goes near him and i really need help with advice on how to stop this as i never had this problem with my other two children.

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Nicole - posted on 06/24/2010

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thanks so much for ur advice. its really helpful and ur right about the frustration, it is only when he gets frustrated. thanks again.

Ella - posted on 06/24/2010

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My 20 month old just started this. We have a bite doll. When I see him doing this, I tell him we DO NOT bite people- However, you can bite your bite-doll. And yes ITA w/PP- you gotta watch- tis' exhausting, but a necessary thing during this time. good luck

Tara - posted on 06/24/2010

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Supervision, supervision supervision. When I volunteered at play group, we had a biter. His mom did not keep an eye on him when he was playing with other kids and so when he got frustrated he would bite. Staff began to monitor his every move and when we knew he was getting to the point of attack we would step in and re-direct his frustrations. Reminding him to use words or find an adult to help him. We explained that biting really hurts people and he will not be allowed to play with other children if he is going to bite them. When he did bite we made sure he saw the reaction from the other child and we also made sure attention was given first to the one who was bit and then once they were cared for, he was quietly but firmly directed to the time out spot and told "When you bite, you can not play" He was made to stay there for 4 minutes and then released back into the general population lol
and we supervised a lot, until about 2 months later and many quiet but firm words, time outs and tears cause he couldn't play with his friends it all stopped. He knew what would happen every time, we were so consistent that he would look around before trying to bite someone cause he knew we were all watching him.
Good Luck, be firm, be consistent and let others know what you are doing and how they can help.
Tara

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