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How to make my 16-year-old sister stop biting me, when my parents won't get involved?

Your sister has a real problem. This is the kind of behaviour that she should have left behind at preschool. Is she violent towards others or just you? If she has more general violence issues then I ...
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How do I punish my 4-year-old for biting at school?

At four, there's not a lot of point in "later" punishments. Your child isn't thinking about long term consequences; she is acting in the moment, primarily. Issues like biting need to be handled in ...
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How to make an infant stop biting the nipple when breastfeeding?

At 7 months, the various responses are unlikely to have that much affect, so while your wife could try removal from the breast / firm no / etc the problem will have probably fixed itself before they ...
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How do we break the cycle of misbehavior when trying to discipline our 3-year-old?

Toddlers this age (and younger) bite. That's just a fact. Most of them outgrow it fairly unceremoniously. They bite for a number of reasons, three of which are 1) reaction, 2) attention, and 3) ...
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How do I start teaching my 14 Month daughter to fight back.?

At that age you are going to have a hard time teaching a child to fight back appropriately. There's too much nuance in when it's ok vs when it isn't (even adults debate this) for a 14 month old to ...
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Why does my 12-month-old baby bite herself?

First off, she probably is teething to some degree. Kids generally have at least mild teething from 9 months or so to 15 months, at a minimum. Not to say they're in pain, but chewing/gumming feels ...
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How to make an infant stop biting the nipple when breastfeeding?

The main way that worked for us was any time he bites, take him away and don't let him feed for a few minutes. If he continues, actually put him down on the floor for a few minutes. Say something ...
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How to stop a one year old from biting?

Attempting to reason with a child of this age is FUTILE. I'll be vilified by child-protection advocates for this answer, but here goes: bite back! Clearly, the child has little or no idea of the ...
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How to make my teething infant stop biting without punishing him?

Based on your comments, I would still focus on trying to get him to teeth on teething rings or other similar toys. Get that redirection going and pretty soon he won't be interested in your fingers ...
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How to handle a biting toddler in the crèche?

Biting must be taken seriously. The site Bugs provided is excellent, so I will repeat it here Biting is a very common behavior among toddlers, which means there are a lot of concerned parents out ...
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Son bites to defend himself. What can I do?

Biting is tough; my oldest went through a stage at just over a year and it was very difficult to train him out of it. It took around four months to get him to stop; he just didn't understand it was ...
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How to make my 16-year-old stop biting?

As you have not provided much info, this answer is somewhat based on conjecture. It sounds as if your child is neuroatypical. Whatever the condition, he does not like the feeling he experiences (...
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Research into dealing with kids biting

The literature strongly suggests that caregivers and parents not bite the child back as a punishment or to show the child how it feels to be bitten. Biting back communicates to the child that violence ...
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How to stop a 1-year-old from biting?

Generally if a child is biting it's either because they're teething or they're upset. Given your comments I would guess that he is biting the other child because he is jealous. Is he an only child? ...
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How to make my 16-year-old sister stop biting me, when my parents won't get involved?

I assume that this is just "a thing" between the two of you and she behaves reasonably non-violent against other people. If that's not the case, the answer would be quite different. Most likely she ...
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How to stop a one year old from biting?

I'm going to offer a counter to the "bite back" suggestion. I affirm, it is a developmental stage and rationalization is likely not possible at that age. When I was nursing and biten, a loud firm "...
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How to stop a 1-year-old from biting?

I have watched biters & had one of my own be a biter. This is what has helped me most. Firstly, for me the only biters I had were non-talkers. I think this is very normal from speaking to ...
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How do I punish my 4-year-old for biting at school?

I think you are making a mistake by focusing on punishment. Your goal is a better response to frustration. Punishment might be a part of your plan, but then again, it might not. You need as much ...
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My 4-year-old is biting at school. How to make him stop?

I know this won't be a popular answer, but it worked when my friends three year old was biting. Sometimes natural consequences is the best teacher. My daughter, the same age, had had enough. While we ...
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Son bites to defend himself. What can I do?

My son also received some serious bite marks as a toddler, and he learned to do the same. We made sure to tell him at every given situation that biting is wrong and he must speak up when it happens (...
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How do we break the cycle of misbehavior when trying to discipline our 3-year-old?

I mostly agree with anongoodnurse's answer (+1 from me), and would add: Between 2 and 4 is the phase where children learn to deal with the frustration of not getting something they want, and where ...
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How can I help the Bitten?

My daughter has been bitten a couple of times, including once in the playground while waiting behind a boy to go off the slide. (I include this example to show the problem (and thus solution) are not ...
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How to make our 5-year-old stop biting children at school?

The best thing I can suggest to make a difference now, is to role play it! Act out the situations over and over and have him rehearse how he is expected to react. I explain to my daughter that ...
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Does biting mean teething?

According to this article from healthychildren.org (an American Academy of Pediatricians site): Around 3 months of age, babies will begin exploring the world with their mouth and have increased ...
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How to stop a one year old from biting?

For breastfeeding you can use nipple protectors (or even take the top of a bottle (the baby feed kind of bottles) and cut a hole in it) Many kids that age go though a stage of wanting to explore ...
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How to make twin toddlers stop biting each other without physical punishment?

LINK WebMD LINK I liked what both these sites had to say. I'd try re-direction and a firm 'NO, we do not bite. It hurts." Then I would also try to make up a picture symbol board that allows your ...
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How to make our 18-month-old twins stop biting?

First, try to figure out the feelings going on that are resulting in aggressive behavior. Work on resolving that and you will go a long way to solving the issue of biting. Second, when you're in the ...
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How to make our 18-month-old twins stop biting?

Well, we've tried something new: When they're about to bite, we tell them to stop and to make a kiss instead. It seems to work pretty well, we'll see how this goes.
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