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Biting Problem

Just recently my 14 month old started biting. I tried biting him back gently to show him it hurts but he thinks it is funny. So he keeps doing it and laughing. What should i do?!?!

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LeighAnn0901

Asked by LeighAnn0901 at 10:43 PM on Nov. 10, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • i would firmly say no and distract him with something else. never bite back!
    jennigurl04

    Answer by jennigurl04 at 10:45 PM on Nov. 10, 2008

  • Try taking your little one's hand or finger and placing it in their mouth, and then encouraging him to bite down. Once he realizes that it causes pain, he might not try it again! :-) Good luck!
    sarah_smile

    Answer by sarah_smile at 10:50 PM on Nov. 10, 2008

  • (hopefully) you will never bite your dd hard enough to make her understand pain. (i get your idea, but it just won't work unless you really hurt her) my youngest son thought biting was hilarious. we tried telling him no and distracting him. no luck. what finally worked? Hot sauce. he bit his newborn sister as if to say "hello" for the first time, and i was mortified. i don't hit my kids (not because i'm against it, it just doesn't work for me) so i had to find a way to stop him. i put a few drops of hot sauce on the tip of his tongue and said 'biting hurts" while showing him the mark on my dd arm. thats been 9 months ago, he still hasn't bit.
    bestmommyeber

    Answer by bestmommyeber at 12:21 AM on Nov. 11, 2008

  • i just say it loudly no to her no biting and pitching and explain to them it hurts..
    she sometime start crying and i say why are you crying and

    she does biting and then pitching so i say no pitching loudly.

    if she bite again just give her time out
    don forget to say no and look at them in the eye so they know you mean it..
    mommytobe24

    Answer by mommytobe24 at 12:23 AM on Nov. 11, 2008

  • Don't follow any of the above advice.

    Some of those things are actually reportable to CPS (the hot sauce for example)..

    A very SIMPLE solution, which your child can understand - turn things into a positive. Instead of "no biting" say, "biting hurts, but mommy likes kisses!!!" and shower him in kisses.

    He is biting because it gets him attention. You give him one on one time in your reaction, you make funny faces, you probably even make funny sounds (such as yelping).. All of these make a game of it.

    So, turn it around- while not being inappropriate yourself, show HIM what IS appropriate. Children learn by example.
    Liyoness

    Answer by Liyoness at 2:30 AM on Nov. 11, 2008

  • If by some chance your child thinks that kisses are rewards for biting, put him on the floor and walk away.. Don't yell. Don't scream. Don't give a time out. Just walk away. The most you say is "mommy doesn't like biting." If your child starts crying, always offer your love "mommy likes kisses."
    It's okay to scoop him up and kiss him because he's upset- he's getting the message that biting does not get him fun rewards.. He will learn that kisses get your fun attention.

    Always be the example you want your children to follow. You do not have to with-hold your love for a long period in order to punish your child. You do not have to hurt him. Simply state your terms (biting hurts), and be ready to accept the apology from your child, (Kisses) and to return it in kind (kisses)
    Liyoness

    Answer by Liyoness at 2:36 AM on Nov. 11, 2008

  • for the record, hot sauce is not reportable to CPS. that's bull. there is no harm in it at all. it was highly encouraged by my pediatrician and my son's neuro-developmental specialist. (he has autism) I am not suggesting dumping a bottle of hot liquid down a child's throat, just a few little drops on the tip of the tongue. it's completely harmless.
    bestmommyeber

    Answer by bestmommyeber at 1:31 PM on Nov. 12, 2008

  • MY DAUGHTER WAS A BITER AND THE DOCTOR TOLD ME EVERY TIME SHE BITES BITE HER BACK BUT NOT HARD SO THAT DIDNT WORK SO THEY TOLD ME TO USE HOT SAUCE AS WELL JUST A FEW DROPS IT WORKS
    nichole828

    Answer by nichole828 at 7:23 PM on Nov. 16, 2008

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