Ds2 yo. Extreme biting!!!

(7 Posts)
stripeysock Thu 21-Feb-13 19:58:15

My 2 yo Ds did a lot of biting four months ago. We consistantly separated him from each situation sat him out and got him to apologise. It took weeks but he suddenly stopped for about a month. Four weeks ago it started again. The same tactic has not worked. A week ago we started ignoring it and making a fuss of the bitten person. Its not having any effect yet. Now he has started pulling back clothing to get to the flesh. Soo embarrassing. So horrid. Has anyone false experienced anything similar. Any good ideas?

Goldmandra Thu 21-Feb-13 20:45:38

Oh you must feel crucified inside every time that happens!

I wouldn't make him apologise. It is just confusing at this age and doesn't serve any purpose.

This is a problem which stumps Early Years practitioners all the time. Careful monitoring and swift intervention are pretty much the only ways to tackle this and everyone acknowledges that this is avoiding rather than solving the problem.

A sharp firm "No" every time you see him go to do it is probably the best way to get the message across if combined with removing him from the situation.

You can possibly help by giving him a commentary on how he is feeling so he begins to understand why he wants to bite others. "DS you are angry because you want that toy. Lets go and find another one." This should help him with learning to manage his emotions but it isn't a quick process.

Pulling the clothes back to get to the flesh is a new one on me!

paranoid2android Fri 22-Feb-13 06:08:45

The biting issue does not stump all early years practitioners as goldmandra says!!!

Patty Wipfler of hand in hand parenting had some great ideas about how to deal with biting and the feelings that lie behind it. This is a great article.
www.handinhandparenting.org/news/13/64/Biting-Pushing-Pulling-Hair-Helping-Children-with-Aggression
My Dd used to bite me everyday but had now stopped completely!!!

paranoid2android Fri 22-Feb-13 06:09:22

Sorry has not had- stupid phone!

Goldmandra Fri 22-Feb-13 10:39:24

The biting issue does not stump all early years practitioners as goldmandra says!!!

I stated that it stumps practitioners all the time. Not that it stumps all of them! If you would like to argue with me please quote me correctly hmm

Slipsliding Fri 22-Feb-13 15:48:15

Sounds like he needs to chew down on something. Can you find an alternative for him, whist at the same time (gently) reinforcing that biting actual people is not an option?! Try chewy tubes (google and should come up)

stripeysock Fri 22-Feb-13 21:22:26

Thanks for all your advice. Have tried chewy stuff etc and his behaviour is really random. Sometimes it's over a toy and sometimes he just decides to bite a child minding thirst own business. Anyone else???

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