Topic Overview

To help a child between 8 and 14 months old stop

  • Make clear rules about biting. Tell the child,
    “We never bite people. We bite food like apples and cookies.”
  • If
    the child bites, say “Biting hurts.” If you are bitten, exaggerate your
    response to the pain. This helps the child learn why you are upset when he or
    she bites.
  • Use a stern voice and wear a stern expression on your
    face as you talk about biting. Babies of this age may not understand your
    words, but they can understand your body language, facial expression, and tone
    of voice.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD – Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Susan C. Kim, MD – Pediatrics

Current as ofMay 4, 2017

Current as of:
May 4, 2017