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How to Get Your Child to Stop Biting People

Children may bite people when they are excited, frustrated, or scared. Help prevent future episodes with these steps.


  • Step 1: Tell them it is wrong Firmly tell your child that biting is wrong immediately after an incident.
  • Step 2: Comfort bitten person Comfort the person who was bitten in the biting child's presence.
  • Step 3: Give them a time-out Place the child in a "time-out" after they bite someone.
  • TIP: Do not laugh. This will only encourage the child.
  • Step 4: Explain that their behavior is wrong Explain to the child why they were in a time-out and reiterate that biting is unacceptable.
  • Step 5: Be a role model Avoid spanking your child. They learn from your behavior. Be a good role model. Behave the way you want your children to behave.
  • FACT: Humans have 32 permanent teeth, but only grow 20 baby teeth.

You Will Need

  • Persistence
  • Patience

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