How to stop a 3 year old biting?

Jade - posted on 11/25/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )




My 3 yr old boy has got into a habit of biting, only if other children take toys ect. Off him but when a nursery teacher or myself try to stop him, he quickly tries to bite the teacher or me. How can I get him out of this? I also don't know where he's picked up biting from? Please help its every day at nursery and I'm afraid, he will end up getting banned from the nursery.


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Amy - posted on 11/25/2011




Do not bite him back. He already thinks biting is a good response, why would you essentially agree with him that biting is OK??

My son was a biter, too and has also been bitten at preschool. Biting is communication when kids don't have the language skills or if they have language but not the patience to use it when angry or frustrated. If he bites, intervene immediately, firmly say "NO! Biting hurts - we don't bite!" At 3 he probably has pretty good language skills and the attention span for a longer explanation, so once the situation is over you can say more. Talk about what led to him getting angry enough to bite and tell him what he should be doing instead. The nursery staff needs to do this too - take him away from the situation and then state what happened and what the replacement behavior should be. It takes a long time - biting is easier than thinking and responding appropriately - but with consistency and firm direction it will get better.

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