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HI any suggestions!<br><br>
I have an 8 month old nursing son who is into biting my and Dh's collar bone, shoulder, nipple, nose, chin etc.. I dont think its frustration but Im not really sure.. He does already have 6 teeth ( 4top 2 bottom) maybe its teething related? i have yelled OUCH a couple times just cause it surprised me and reallly hurt however i usually just try to say to him OUch that hurts when you bite ad he smiles and giggles. Any helpful new mom suggestions?<br><br>
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Michele-<br><br>
this happened to my MIL when DH was a wee lad (though DH was walking when he hit this phase). He did the *same thing* with the laughing, and a kind of sly grin... MIL didn't know what to do. Her mom told her "Bite him back!" and MIL was horrified -- bite my own child? But DH kept biting, and eventually MIL bit him in return. Not hard, and not without him biting first, but she did, and he stopped soon after that. I think it doesn't occur to them that biting causes pain, especially because kids that young can't think in terms of how other people think/feel/etc.<br><br>
good luck!<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">this happened to my MIL when DH was a wee lad (though DH was walking when he hit this phase). He did the *same thing* with the laughing, and a kind of sly grin... MIL didn't know what to do. Her mom told her "Bite him back!" and MIL was horrified -- bite my own child? But DH kept biting, and eventually MIL bit him in return. Not hard, and not without him biting first, but she did, and he stopped soon after that. I think it doesn't occur to them that biting causes pain, especially because kids that young can't think in terms of how other people think/feel/etc.</div>
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You MUST be joking, right? You are not seriously telling her to bite her child? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
Babies bite because they are teething and exploring. Biting the baby back isn't going to teach him anything except that mommy/daddy hurts him.<br><br>
A BETTER course of action would be to move him and say "ouch you hurt mommy/daddy". If he is nursing, take him off the nipple and end the session, so that he associates biting with no more nursing.<br><br>
My DD always bites during nursing right before a tooth pops out. She also bites us b/c that is how she "kisses". We say, "Give mommy/daddy kisses" and she puts her mouth on us and nibbles. Sometimes it hurts. But we realize she is just exploring different tastes, textures and actions and it will pass.
 

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YEAH the only biting ill be doing is when i wanna eat my son up cause hes soo cute! LOL Im thinking it is another tooth he already has 6 but i think hes getting a side one in. Ill try the taking him away from me when hes nursing. and that brings up a good point when hes biting if they MAY infact be kisses cause he lvoes to give KISSES thanks<br>
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I guess I should have made it more clear that dh was 4-5ys old and mischievious and was causing MIL lots of pain and was not responding to any other tactics.<br><br>
Not the best advice for an 8-mo-old. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br><br>
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Dd is 7 months old and has been biting a bit lately. I'm the only one she bites though, and it is 90% of the time while she nurses. I've done the pulling her to my chest to get her to let go, say no biting, and take her away from the breast. It sort of works - until another tooth starts coming in. She's only got 2, and coincidentally her biting started right before each tooth came through. She's caught me off guard a few times and I've said "OUCH" very loudly which scared her - made me feel bad too - but she didn't bite at least for the rest of the day. I keep telling myself, this is a phase - this too shall pass. Good luck to you!
 

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I have a biter (11 mos. old today!!!) I stopped saying "Ouch, that hurts Mommy" b/c that encouraged it - He laughed and would do it again - I think he thought I was a mommy doll "Look, if I bite like this Mommy talks!" of course he didn't understand what I was saying. Anyway - I followed Dr. Sears suggestion and bit my tongue and sat motionless as I wanted to jump out of my skin and my ds stopped biting - AS LONG AS I SWITCHED BREASTS WHEN I GOT ANY INKLING THAT I WAS GETTING LOW ON THAT SIDE. That seems to trigger it - the milk trickles out and he would bite.<br><br>
Anyway - if that were my only problem then it would have been solved, BUT he likes nothing more than mine or DH's shoulder to teeth on EXCEPT for a nice juicy baby forearm. So far we've been lucky and have been able to intervene right before he took out a chunk of another precious babies arm!! Of course, the other baby was really traumatized b/c he had no idea he was about to be a snack and instead wondered why me and my dh pounced on my son saying "NO, BITING, NO BITING!" and peeled his mouth off of his arm.<br><br>
Anyway, this potential biting of other babies is a real problem and Dr. Sears had no good advice on that - does anyone else? As we all know - baby forearms are delicious looking!!<br><br>
So far I am consistently getting the bite him back advice, which I simply laugh at and smile.
 

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bring along a bite toy. tell them to bite this instead not mommy, daddy or whatever they are bitting. and get them to bite it.<br><br>
I would try to be strong and firm when your kid starts to bite others (even at a young age) because you will soon get really mean glances from parents and your kid <span style="text-decoration:underline;">may</span> continue to bite. remove them and tell them they hurt they don't play....and follow up. Big babies can learn what is right and wrong.<br><br>
just imagine a baby a little older than yours taking a chomp out of your babies arm and how would you want the parent to deal with it.<br><br>
hope you are sucessfull <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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I don't mean to sound mean... my kid got bit a lot and some parents didn't do anything because they thought thier kid was a baby. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 
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