Biting Problems

Jody - posted on 06/26/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My little girl is 19 months old and insists on biting both me and my partner (her dad). She has also bit her cousin a few times and other family memebers but the majority of her biting is on me. I have bruises all up my arms because of it. She went through this before and i used to just pick her up and put her to the side and ignore her and it worked and she stopped. However this time it wont work. Ive also tried going down to her eye level, holding her firmly by the arms and telling her "you do not bite. its not nice" etc. She listened the 1st few times and now she just throws her head back and smiles or laughs. Im completely at a loss as to what to do. Has anyone been through this and if so what did you do as i cant go one taking this biting from her as its getting out of hand.

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Jody - posted on 06/30/2010

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thank you so much for your help. I will put these suggestions into practive :-D xx

Allie - posted on 06/26/2010

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Once she bites. Say nothing just pick her up and place her in a time out spot away from toys, tv, books, and other kids. 19mo is old enough to start time out. Don't hit (spank), yell, or bite back because that just teaches more less than desirable habits. And only put her in time out for like 40sec but if she gets up take her right back without saying anything. Eventually (it may take an hour just to warn you) she will sit and then when her time is up she needs to give you a hug. My son is 2 now and I started time out around 18-19months. He no longer bites and gets more praise than anything. Good luck! Oh and be consistent, thats the key.

Becky - posted on 06/26/2010

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My 18 month old son will bite when he gets really wound up (or just unexpectedly sometimes). If I don't see it coming I tend to have the reaction of throwing him off me and then I firmly tell him "No biting"....it never hurts him but he does get the surprised look on his face. He might come back to do it again if he decided that the attention was fun. When I see it coming I intercept him before he can do it (I make sure not to make a big deal about it as I don't want him to see that he's earning attention from it, I will say no and then ignore him). I firmly tell him no biting and if he keeps doing it, distraction works...I think a lot of times he might just be bored or just wound up and needing direction in how to get the energy out in a healthy way. Good luck!

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