E.G. asks from Fort Worth, TX on November 01, 2007
Biting - Fort Worth,TX
My lil girl will sometimes try to pinch or bite me. She does not do this all the time but usually when she is throwing a fit or really tired. Is this just a phase or what? Am I the only one?
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Thanks everyone for the advice. She went on Friday for her 15 month checkup and shots and doctor reassured me too that it is normal and just to make sure she knows that it is not right to do that. Basically all of what you moms said-lol. Now I am just dealing with her having fever and stuff after having her flu shot. I thought those flu shots were good to get for them. Thanks again though!
M.C. answers from San Antonio on November 02, 2007
It is normal behavior for them to do this. You need to be consistent in discipling her when she bites. A tap on the mouth, just hard enough to suprise her will wor. Make sure you tell and show her what mouths are for. Show her mouths are for giving kisses. Maybe let her bite and apple and say good girl. Mouths are for biting food, then show her a picture of a person and tell her we do not bite these just food. Have her give you kisses and let her see the good reaction verses biting and the bad reaction. Children are visual. They need to see what you mean. Good luck!
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M.F. answers from Dallas on November 01, 2007
You didn't say how hold she is, but I can assume she's somewhere between 1 and 2 1/2. It's normal behavior. You just need a consistent reponse for it. If she's throwing a fit, you shouldn't be holding her or even be around her. Step over her as she's flailing in the floor and go to another room, or put her in her room or in her crib or a playpen -- somewhere that she can safely continue her fit until it's out of her system. If you're holding her when she bites you, firmly say "No biting" and put her down.
J.N. answers from Corpus Christi on November 02, 2007
Well.. you need to nip that in the bud!!! I have told my daughter.. "we bite food, not people" and have over reacted and said 'ouch' and told her she needs to be gentle and I model that by rubbing my hand on hers ... she has learned that when she's mad.. to count to 5 and take a deep breath.. if she slips and bites.. I remind her to be gentle.
T.H. answers from Houston on November 02, 2007
If she pinches you, you need to pop her hand and tell her no. If she keeps doing it, then you need to pinch her back. let her see what it feels like. same with the biting. give her a little pop on the mouth, and if it doesn't stop, i'm sorry to say but bite her back. They are only going to know what it feels like, if it is done to them. She is not going to like it, so then maybe she will stop doing this to you.
L.S. answers from College Station on November 05, 2007
Both of my girls were biters. The first one was worse about it than the second one. We tried everything with my first one. Time out without Mommy in sight seemed to work the best because time with Mommy was a reward for her. We told both of them "No biting", "Teeth are for food!!!" many times. I think they both did it for attention, so when then attention was withdrawn, they eventually stopped. My 2 year old still occasionally does it out of jealousy for my older child.