Biting is a normal part of a child growing up. Not doing something about the biting can often turn into pain for others in the path when the biting does begin. Here you will find solutions to stop the biting when it starts.
1. As soon as you see it happening, stop it. Many parents do not react when they should when it comes to biting. They think that eventually the child will stop. Not true at all. If you do not stop it when it happens, the child will continue to bite themselves or other people.
2. Never laugh at the child when they bite. Although you might think it is funny in the beginning. Biting can turn into a serious problem, especially if you have other children involved. Keep your emotions serious when dealing with a child who bites.
3. Place the child on a time out. As soon as you see the child biting. Walk over to them and put them on a time out for 5 minutes. If your child is at daycare, instruct the daycare facility to do the same. Explain to them why they are having a time out and that every time they go to bite, they will go back to the time out space.
4. Have a talk with your child. Children are a lot smarted then most give them credit for. Sit them down and explain to them that biting is not a nice thing to do and can hurt someone as well as themselves. Make sure that they are paying attention to what you are saying. It is always best to take the child into a room where there are no other distractions present.
5. Get stern to where they know you mean it. Without raising your voice too much, tell the child “No” or “Bad” each time they go to bite. Many times children will learn not to bite after the first few times you say this to them.
6. Be persistent with your reprimands. Be sure that you are consistent with your punishments when dealing with a child that bites. If you only do it on some occasions, the child will know that he can still do it at times.
7. Have them apologize for biting. Have your child say they are sorry to whoever it is they have bitten. Tell them that they have hurt the other person and they need to apologize. Show them that they have done something wrong.
8. Praise your child when you see that they are being good. Children love to be praised. Each time that you see he/she is behaving, praise them. Buy a sheet of stickers and give them one each time they behave well. You will be surprised how often you will be handing out stickers.
9. Give them something to bite on. If a child is teething, the common reaction for them is to bite down on something. Instead of it being them self or another person, give them something to bite on. Could be anything from a teething ring to and ice pop. Either one you choose, it is better then them biting someone else.
10. Never lose your temper. Losing your temper does nothing for any situation. Stay calm, and collective the entire time you are dealing with the biter. The more aggressive you are, the less the child will listen to you.
There you have it, 10 solutions to help parents who have children that bite. Keep a close eye on the child when he begins to bite. If not paid attention to, many times the child can bite so hard that they will break the skin. If this does happen, clean the bite with peroxide. Keep an eye on the bite for a few days to make sure there is no infection present. If you happen to notice that the bite looks worse after a few days, a visit to the pediatrician is recommended.