My two-year-old won't stop biting! What to do?

Amy - posted on 11/16/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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O.K., my youngest child is a biter. She hasn't bitten anyone but her sister (yet), but I'm not holding my breath. I've tried everything I can think of (time-out, soap in the mouth...yuck.) Anyway, I don't want to be mean, but I do want her to get the point that what she's doing is ugly and has to stop. She doesn't just use it as a defense mechanism, either. It seems to be totally random...help me out if you can!

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Sarah - posted on 11/21/2009

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I know it sounds like a dumb idea to tell someone no bitng and bite them but words dont always speak loud enough i was a biter and my grandmother bit me and i never bit again. and I will do it to my kid if it comes down to it. Becuase the putting in the room and Eventually stopping. is not good enough in my books all the mean while, your child is biting people. and thats just wrong and not fair to them. and Your child should not be in public if they cant keep their chumpers to themselves. and I just do not have the patience to lock myself in my house till my kid has decided to stop biting. Ps. I have also ran a daycare and been arround children on a constant and from what I have seen biting back is the quickest solution. Maybe not the most intelligent but its a dog eat dog world. lol

Kristen - posted on 11/21/2009

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i agree with Lena Bite Back! not hard but just enough to get the point across. i did that with my son and he stopped very quickly! just remember not to do it out of anger or frustration choose a spot like on the fore arm where she can see and feel what u r doing and if u see her trying to do it again remind her that if she bites she will get bitten and she doesn't want that because it hurts. i know it sound a bit drastic and i felt the same when my mother in law told me to do it but it does work.

Christy - posted on 11/18/2009

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My son did that. Each and every time I would put him immediately in his crib for 5 minutes after telling him sternly "no biting". EVENTUALLY it stopped. You just have to remain consistent. If you isolate them from the situation, with no drink, no food, no blanket (my son is attached to his blanket) and shut the door, they get the picture.

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