My 3-year-old baby bites

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Journal
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Health & Home  [ Browse Items ]
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Publication Year
2006 
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Issue Type
Monthly 
Issue Period
May 2006 
Pages
8-9 
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My 3-year-old baby bites when he doesn't get what he wants. I don't know how to stop it! My friends told me to bite him back. I've tried, but it hasn't worked. Should I just keep this up, or is there a better way?

Let me explain why biting back works for some children, and why you should not continue biting your child. I'm one of those parents who had a child who was cured from his biting by getting bitten in return. Kevin was over at my sister's house. He bit his little cousin, and Joanie grabbed him and bit him back, and he never did it again! Why did it work? It was the shock factor. He didn't expect it.
Shock therapy, in various forms, gets the child's attention, helps him refocus, and frightens him enough to try to avoid getting the shock again. Surprise is the basic element of success. Once you take the surprise element out of what you do, and the child expects it as a consequence, it is no longer effective. Spanking, throwing cold water on a child, ignoring, slapping hands, or a loud scream are all shock therapy techniques. The danger is that these methods, when overused, can become abusive and end up causing the child to become hostile and rebellious.
 
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