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re write to my ? about biting

ok if u have not read the last question im re writing it to add what i have already tried. ok my 19 month old is biting i have been trying to get her to stop i used to flick her a little in her lip(didnt work she started laughing).i have been putting her in timeout(its become normal to her now she just puts her self in time out. i hate to admit but we did try the bite back thing we didnt bite hard but she got a bruse so i wont do that again, and i have spanked her and calmly told her that its baf and it hurts when she dose it. im dont know what else to do she has to stop brfore the new baby gets here and she bites her and really hurts her

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Asked by sariahsmommy1 at 11:09 PM on Jun. 6, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • maybe ignore it? some kids just know that gets a response out of you so they do it to rile you up. if you ignore it (as long as its not another child, but if she bites you or dad than maybe try to ignore it for a few days and see if it cuts back) and try a chart for when she has a day w/o biting and after so many days she gets a special treat (doesn't have to be expensive a fave snack, a dollar store toy, a small new book, a thing of bubbles etc...) maybe the positive would help her more than the negative, b/c it seems like you've done all the punishment type things that are appropriate for that age group and they aren't helping. sorry if thats not helpful i just can't think of anything else short of taking away a toy or tv time or something like that but if she doesn't mind time out or getting her mouth flicked those probably won't affect her much either (not long enough for her to remember a few hours later at least)

    Answer by vabchmommy at 11:15 PM on Jun. 6, 2009

  • there are several things you can try.
    the first thing you need to do is find out why she is biting. is it for attention? is it because she can't verbalize her feelings or emotions? once you've figured out the root of the problem then you can work to solve it.

    my daughter was a biter. she would often bite because she felt powerless in certain situations. she has an older sibling and biting was her only way to 'fight back.' i got her to stop by teaching her to use her words instead of getting physically violent.
    since you have been spanking and even biting then it might be difficult to get that point across at first but be consistent and it will work.

    violence is never the answer! good luck.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:42 PM on Jun. 6, 2009

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