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Thirty Four Month Old Biting

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Dear Dr. Susan:

My son is 34 months old and he’s been biting kids from the time he was 29 months. The first preschool did not want to deal with it so before they threw him out we removed him. I gave it more time before putting him back in. He started a new preschool and a few weeks went by then he started again. I’ve tried everything. I don’t know what to do now. Can you help?

Martha

Dear Martha:

Thank you for your patience and for visiting my website. Biting starts out as an oral stimulation and attention-getting behavior in infancy and toddlerhood, and often can be stopped by a direct command like “stop biting”  - or words to that effect – indicating with your tone of voice that you will not tolerate any biting, and if it occurs, the child will not be permitted to be around anyone else. Removal and a serious talk are enough to discourage a biting toddler or preschooler, who bites because he isn’t getting what he wants – attention or a toy – or isn’t being allowed to do what he wants.

Thanks again and good luck!

Susan Turben, Ph.D.

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