Biting

United States
August 31, 2007 2:52pm CST
My son gets bit in daycare about once a week and sometimes more. This has taught him to bite himself. He will bite himself hard enough to leave bite marks. How do we get him to stop doing this? Is it a phase and he will stop on his own or is there something we need to do to get this behavior to end? Any help would be appreciated.
5 responses
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
31 Aug 07
Grand daughter used to bite herself she has stopped now but we would tell her no to do it for it would make us and her cry took about 3 months I think for her to stop it. good luck
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• United States
21 Sep 07
We try the telling him no part and we have told him that we will cry now. He is getting better but still does it quite a bit. I wish I could be home with him instead of having to work.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
23 Sep 07
I know and it will pass hang in there hugsssssss
@BinKsBaBy (507)
• United States
2 Sep 07
i would try to keep his attention elsewhere if you can and bring it up with his doctor, sorry never had that problem! my daughter bite me once i bite her back and we have never had any biting problems sence! Im not saying that that was the right way to deal with ithowever it worked for us but i know that your problem is different good luck hon!
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• United States
21 Sep 07
Thanks for your story. It did make me laugh a little. I have heard of other people doing this as well so it is not totally uncommon. He is getting better about biting himself and only bites one finger when he gets mad for attention.
@tigerdragon (4297)
• Philippines
1 Sep 07
i guess the most logical thing to do is get him out to that daycare center because the personels seem to be doing nothing about it then recondition his mind into doing something else, he needs your loving parental attention.He is still in the stage where a childs feels things through his mouth and in the looks of your son, he is in the teething stage.divert his attention other productive things and reward him just to make forget or replace what he had learned from the daycare center.
• United States
21 Sep 07
Thank you for your response. We have been getting his attention on other things. He is doing better but we are not totally over this yet.
• United States
31 Aug 07
My daughter went through a phase of this. In her case she came upon it all on her own. It seemed to me she liked the reaction she got out of me when I did it. As much as it hurt I would not react when she did it, in a few days she stopped. Perhaps if your son is very youn he cant get the words out fast enough so he bites for the attention. Maybe a search for babysigns sor simple things like juice or toy, will help when he has trouble communicating his needs.
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• United States
21 Sep 07
Thank you for your advice. It is very helpful. We have been trying to teach him and ourselves the signs for things that he might need.
@sunshinecup (7881)
31 Aug 07
Man I am so lucky to not have gone through that. However I have known many that have. The one thing I can say that helps is just staying on them when you see he is going to do it and destract him with a toy or something. Seemed like once they managed to get their child's mind off it for a few days, they stopped. Sorry that's the best I have.
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• United States
21 Sep 07
That sounds like a good idea though. If we can keep him from doing it for a while then maybe he will give it up.