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14 month old biting and hitting

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ShineSmile Wed 09-Jul-14 15:22:26

14 month old DD has been deliberately biting and hitting me, usually when she wants something or wants attention.

She understands alot more now, so how do I deal with this? I've been trying to move away from her when she does this but it doesn't make a difference, I also firmly say no, that really hurts and show a disappointed face.

What else can I do? She's going to start nursery soon and I'm really worried she is going to bite and hit others. She has never seen anyone bite or hit others so I don't understand where she has got it from! hmm

KnackeredMuchly Wed 09-Jul-14 15:48:04

My son does it only to me, other people think it's funny when they get a whack in the face so we're teaching wveryone to say no.

Now I'm saying a sharp no, grabbing his hands and putting him on the floor away from me.

nomdemere Wed 09-Jul-14 15:52:44

My DD did this at that kind of age, maybe a few months older. Her older siblings had never done it so I was nonplussed.

Each time, I said a firm (but not shouty) "No', and moved away from her. I didn't get emotional about it (i.e. not looking like I was going to cry or making a big fuss, just matter-of-fact). I think that sort of reaction just encourages it because they are intrigued by getting a reaction IYSWIM.

It went on for quite a while, and I had to supervise her with other DC - if she was getting cross or overexcited, I stepped in before she could bite.

She's 3 now and doesn't do it any more.

ShineSmile Thu 10-Jul-14 08:50:24

Thank you. Looks like it's more common than I thought.

nomdemere Thu 10-Jul-14 10:04:39

Very common, I think Shine. At this age, I think calm, consistent discouragement, and supervision around potential victims is all you can do - and is likely to be enough to stop the behaviour in time.

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