Biting

Tonya - posted on 11/07/2008 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Hi moms,

I'm hoping some of you can help me. I have a 3 y/o son and he's biting others. The sitter and I did notice when he does do the biting he's either tired or doesn't want to deal with the other child (19 mos). or when he's being picked on.

We've tried different distasteful items to put in his mouth, i.e., tabasco/hot sauce didn't work we eat kinda spicy, vinegar didn't phase him, he loves pickles. Bar & liquid soaps, he drinks water and blows bubbles. And even biting him so he knows how it feels. I want to say we are by no means abusing him if you are thinking that. The items in his mouth are drops or very small amounts. Just wondering what other moms did in this "phase" everyone tells me about!

Thanks for any input.

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My son went through the same thing he even got kicked out of day care it got so bad, what finally worked for him was i know this is going to sound sill but it realy did work we had a frozen teether and every morning when we got to the day care we would put it on a string (a long enough string not to chocke him) and then he wore it as a necklace and we lotd him when he got mad angry frustrated or whatever to bite the teething ring instead of his friends, this realy worked for us hope it helps you!

Gina - posted on 11/09/2008

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We went throguh this and I think every baby does!! Very sternly tell him no, tell him he's going to time out for bitig, put him in time out for 3 minutes. After time out explain that he was there for biting and he can't do that becuse it hurts. Make him apologize and hug the person he hit. I have also heard that koolaid powder (the unsweetend kind) on their tongue works well because it is bitter before you add sugar so maybe try that!!

Kathleen - posted on 11/09/2008

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My 4 year old was a biter for a short time. I solved it by making her "let" who she bit bite her back. I think the thought of someone else getting the majority of the attention for her attention getting behavior kinda made it not so worth it. She was done with it in less then month.

Ashley - posted on 11/07/2008

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My mom bit me back. She said I never did it again. It sounds mean, but if you are at your wits end, you might try it. Otherwise, try to seperate the children when your son gets tired and cranky - get them involved in different activities.

Donna - posted on 11/07/2008

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Biting is usually a phase they go through... I think sticking with a method like a time out (like Tonia suggested) will work. It's just a matter of figuring out which time out will work for your son.



Good luck!

Jessica - posted on 11/07/2008

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I have a two year old son who also does the biting when he is overly active. we even tapped him on the mouth when he does it. he cries and i try ignoring as a form of time out.(when he wants to play with us) So when ever you found out how to stop him from doing that please let me know ~jess

Tonia - posted on 11/07/2008

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My peds Dr says to sit them in a room alone for 5 minutes after telling them "No, you don't bite" and close the door. Just make sure it's a safe room.

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