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child bitting

My sister has a 2 year old son how for some reason has started to bit other childern .He dose not speak to well .The bits are not just little nips thay are very deep thay leave marks on other chidern . He has two brothers one is 9 years old and the other is 3 years old . He has seen a doctor and the doctor checked his eyes and eyes and said there is nothing wrong.She has tryed lots of things to stop this like pepper and other thing . Any help would be of much help.
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Dear Mr. Goldswain,

Biting is not an uncommon behavior in two-year-olds, and it probably occurs with greater frequency in children whose speech and language is not developing at a normal rate. Remember, though, your nephew is only two - so he wouldn't be expected to be very proficient yet with language.

Sound limit-setting will usually take care of the problem. The approach is straightforward. At the first sign of any aggesssion, your nephew should be placed immediately in time out for approximately five minutes (if you utilize the SEARCH function in this forum you will find many entries about time out and how to proceed). He should be told: "No biting" as he is placed in time out. No extended lecture or talk is needed. When the time out is over, je should again be told not to bite. Then he should play for a short time (5-10 minutes) by himself before he is allowed to play with another child.
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When my twins were around 2, one of them turned into an awful biter.  He would bite his twin so hard it would draw blood.  A teacher gave me a suggestion which worked and I have passed it on to other moms who have also said that it was effective.

Determine WHY the child is biting.  Is it because someone has entered "his space"?  Someone is taking his toys?  He is jealous?  When he bites, do not remove the biter or the victim from the scene of the bite - sit down right there.  The reason for this is that if he is upset because someone is in his space, by removing the victim, the biter has "won" - and he will continue to bite because he will get his toy or space back.  Instead, sit down with the victim right there, give the victim love and sympathy, right in front of the biter.  Look the biter in the eyes (hold his chin if necessary. This is very important so he SEES your face and anger) and give a verbal discipline by saying "no biting, it hurts".  

By removing the victim from the scene and disciplining the biter from across the room without getting in his face, he will not learn that this is not acceptable and it will continue and get worse.

My biting problem was over in 2 days.

Good luck.

Julie
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