what do i do? my 10 month old wont stop biting me

Jaclyn - posted on 02/13/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )




i know hes teething and all.. i try everything to help him but with four teeth 2 top and bottom its a killer!!!!


Iridescent - posted on 02/14/2010




Kelsie, although you may have been told that, I doubt it came through from pediatrician to here correctly. First, how (physically) could you bite between the shoulder blades? It's like holding your palm forward to a puppy to bite when comparing shapes/sizes - they can not bite the palm, and you can not physically bite between the shoulder blades. Second, there are the fewest nerve endings across the back than anywhere else in the body (http://library.thinkquest.org/3750/touch...). This is proven when someone touches your back with the tip of a pencil in various places and you try to explain where you feel it. This means when you bite someone's back, they will not feel it very well unless you bite VERY hard, which would cause severe damage. In addition, your back along the midline (between the shoulder blades) houses all the nerves for your lower body, although feeling is reduced. Damaging any of them by accident could cause lifelong problems, and a lifetime of regret over an issue so simple as biting.

Brenda - posted on 02/13/2010




A lot of times they bite out of boredom or something else. My nine month old bites while nursing when he's not really hungry and I offer. You can watch and see when he's done and remove him before he bites. At this age, you can try telling him "No bite!" firmly, but be very careful, or you'll initiate a nursing strike if you scare him too badly. Mine doesn't bite at night or anytime that he's really wanting to nurse, but only when he's more interested in playing than nursing. Being aware of the moods and if he's really hungry or not will go much farther. You almost have to stop becoming distracted. They usually bite at the beginning or the end of a feed.

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/older-baby/bi... has excellent resources and ideas on helping.

(I'm assuming you are talking about biting while nursing).


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User - posted on 02/15/2010




well 10 months is a hard one. When my sons bite me at a year old I did it back to them. I would bite on the arm with them paying attention and did it until they cried out in pain. It showed them that it hurt, i didnt leave a mark or bruise. it was just enough to show them. They never did it again. it works with hair pulling too. And i wasnt nursing past their first tooth!!

Susan - posted on 02/15/2010




Flick him on the cheek just enough to hurt & and say "no", just enough to not make it 'fun to bite'.

Jane - posted on 02/15/2010




Hyland Teething Tablets and lots of things to gnaw on. see if you can pick up a baby netting feeder and put some ice cubes for some frozen pieces of fruit in it for him to gnaw on.

Cynthia - posted on 02/14/2010




my daughter was the only one (of 5 children) that would bite, and she did!!!! so I'd give her things to bite I also found a tool that I could put frozen fruits in it for her to bite (and ice cubes) anything that she liked (other than me!!). It was from Baby "R" Us, and the top was made of mesh that could be screwed on and off, and the bottom was the handle. I did this so that she could learned what was for biting and what (or who) was not. Sometimes they need to bite. My daughter is 11 years old and she still has sensitive teeth and she needs to bite, now she knows what to do about it.

Kelsie - posted on 02/14/2010




A friend of mine told me that her pediatrician actually told her to bite her daughter between the sholder blades. Her daughter had a horrible biting problem and bit EVERYONE...and nothing worked to get her to stop. But as soon as she was bitten, she didnt do it any more. My friend bit her between her shoulder blades and said biting hurts or something like that and her daughter hasnt bitten anyone since that happened. I know you don't want to use that kind of negative reinforcement but sometimes you have to before it becomes a serious situation. My son hasn't hit that "phase" yet, thank goodness...but I have seen the bite for a bite tactic work. good luck!

Jaclyn - posted on 02/14/2010




ohh he isnt biting while nursing i should have said that lol. but i try and say no bite or no or just say no bite then put him down like a time out i know he doesnt ully understand but then i try not to have a reactionj sometimes bc other times he sneaks at me and BITTTTEEE and i get startled and yell. idk what to do i dont want to bite or hit or anything back i just dont kno i hope its a stage

Keren - posted on 02/13/2010




Somehow you have to let him know that isn't ok. For me, it's worked just to say "no" VERY firmly, which is a natural reaction. My daughter doesn't like my firm tone of voice and usually cries, but she doesn't bite me again. A friend of mine would pop her baby on the cheek when she bit her, and another friend would pinch her baby's bottom. It seemed to work for them; I haven't wanted to pop Lily, and, thankfully, I haven't had to.

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