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BITING - 3 Yr old Ds turning into JAWs and biting several times a day. How on earth do I stop him?

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PanicPants Thu 28-Aug-08 21:39:29

He used to bite occassionally, and then it completely stopped, but now he is biting All the time, whenever anyone says no to him, tries to dress him, put him in the car seat or whenever he doesn't get his own way.

I say no it's not nice, and ignore but really it's not doing any good.

He is just so aggressive at the moment and is due to start nursery in 2 weeks and I know he'll end up biting a child there.

PLease help.

quinne Thu 28-Aug-08 21:55:59

Give him Marmite to eat every time he bites. Just a tiny amount on the tip of a spoon or your finger. It stopped my DS from biting at that age quite quickly. Ignoring doesn't work for this IME.

(He'll hate marmite forever though)

If you do try it, let me know if it worked for you too

PanicPants Sat 30-Aug-08 12:53:29

I agree that ignoring does not work at all. I like the idea behind the marmite, but ds loves it. Could I use something else? But no idea what though.

Any other ideas?

NattyThomasAndEllen Sat 30-Aug-08 23:02:57

sorry but biting him back is the only thing that works, imo, up to u of course, many parents on here would say i am a product of the devil. however it works, everytime. my son occasionally goes back to it, but one swift bite on the finger (doesnt bruise or mark, but hurts enought to prove the point) stops him in his tracks and touch wood he hasnt done if for nearly a year.

the marmite thing stopped my BIL swearing lol it is very effective, perhaps finding another food he hates the taste of?

HonoriaGlossop Sat 30-Aug-08 23:14:27

IMHO you don't need to bother with marmite or biting - so far he simply hasn't had a consequence for biting; saying no then ignoring is just not enough for this. IMO what he needs is to have time out on his own each and every time he does it. If he bites when he is told no, he needs to FEEL a clear and undeniable consequence to that. Again if you're trying to dress him, the same. It doesn't need to be too long, a minute is enough IMO.

I have to say if he hates going in his car seat I think alot of people, me included, get round this with a little bribery - if he sits nicely he could have a little treat, whatever you choose. It just gets you through this phase without it having to be a battle IME.

PrincessCaspian Sun 31-Aug-08 09:50:35

I use Mustard on my nearly 3 yr old. He hates it and the biting has pretty much stopped! You can buy it in little squeezy tubes, handy to take out and about with you.

HonoriaGlossop Sun 31-Aug-08 11:18:21

I am truly shocked at the use of marmite and mustard and biting. You as the adult have enough brain to think a bit harder than that. There are other ways that work that don't involve you doing nasty things to your child.

mamadiva Sun 31-Aug-08 11:26:31

My DS is 2.2YO and has never bit anyone but if he did I'd probably bite him back, not hard enough to leave any marks or that just enough to make him see that it's not nice to have it done to you. Worked with my brother.

PrincessCaspian Sun 31-Aug-08 11:50:21

So biting your child back is better than putting a tiny bit of mustard in their mouth? I put a tiny bit of mustard on my finger and rub it on his teeth so he can associate the biting with the mustard. It's not like I load a spoon up with it!

PanicPants Sun 31-Aug-08 18:55:09

It's so difficult to find a balance - somehing which is effective but isn't something which hurts the child.

As yet I haven't tried mustard/marmite, and I couldn't ever bite ds.

I will retry timeouts, but find them so hard to do now, as ds resists and screams and refuses to stay put. If I put him in his room with the star gate he jsut screams 'let me out' at the top of his voice. God knows what my neighbours think.

Anymore ideas?

PanicPants Sun 31-Aug-08 18:56:04

Thats a timeout in his room with the stair gate for 2 minutes - not for any longer btw.

LeonieD Sun 31-Aug-08 20:16:19

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NattyThomasAndEllen Mon 01-Sep-08 00:18:51

leonie, i couldnt agree more, my son has also got learning difficulties, and cannot understand that it hurts. like i said, other ppl will say we are awful parents, but if it works it is minor compared with having to explain why your daughter/son is biting another child.
my son bite his sister on the face the last time that i refrained from using the bite back technigue, and in my humble opionion kids do not understand timeout where biting is concerned because they feel they have done nothing wrong, because they dont understand the pain it causes if they havent experianced it.

if u truely think that u cannot bring yourself to do this OP, then wait till he starts school, when another kid will bite him back, and the he will learn, and wont do it any longer.. trust me.

negril Mon 01-Sep-08 00:25:12

i bit my dd2 when she bit me it was on my bottom so ibit her back and she has never done it since and she was always biting her sister.

negril Mon 01-Sep-08 00:37:00

some people are just to scared to dicipiline there children but as parents if we dont dont do it and i promise you with this thought the system will and it would be he fell down the stairs sarge, and prison is much worse dont want to frighten you but that is the reality and by the way supernanny has no children so she is in and out of peoples lives so forget naughty step, think 23 hours lock up if you dont start diciplining.

solo Mon 01-Sep-08 00:43:48

23 hours lock up my arse!

Mogsmum Mon 01-Sep-08 12:19:24

I think you have to try a variety of 'punishments' and see which works for your little darling. My DS is nearly 3 and bites when he is tired and frustrated at having being told he can't do something. I tried biting him back with explanation of why biting is wrong but that didn't work. I've tried reminding him how he felt when he was bitten by another little boy at the CM, that didn't work. What works for me is removing a treat. He loves his bike/the TV/chocolate so which ever treat he is due I tell him he can't have now because he bit mummy and reinforce with more explanation of why biting is wrong.

This has seriuosly reduced the amount of times he was biting and we have only had one episode in the last 3 months. Sounds bad still but it's an improvement! It will take time, tears and tantrums to resolve and hopefully by the time he is 40 it will be fine! grin

negril Mon 01-Sep-08 13:59:30

my partner works in this sector and he drums it down my ear hole every day because he sees them and he does reports about them and that the mother is the educator.blah blah blah

solo Tue 02-Sep-08 01:38:21

Negril. They are not locked in cell for 23 hours a day. I know this because I lock them up! that is my usual job and they are out of cell from 8AM until 12:30, then from 13:30 until 17:30 and are often out for evening association/gym/football/education for a further 90 to 120 minutes. Some are out of cell from even earlier if they work in the kitchen.

madmarriedNika Tue 02-Sep-08 11:17:07

Personally I use strict time out to any 'bad' behaviour in my 3yo DS- but will always give him a clear explanation of why his behaviour is unacceptable. I also explain that if he kicks/pushes (he's not a biter- yet!) other children, which really hurts them, then we can't play with other children so we won't be able to go to the playground/toddler group etc. He loves playing with others, as they all do really, so this seems to help a lot.

Ignoring might work well for younger children tantrumming etc. but I find this doesn't register now DS is older and so doesn't work as a form of disciplining.

Good luck x

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