Biting

Biting

Biting is a very common learned behavior in toddlers. Since it is a learned behavior it can be unlearned. The process is not a quick one but if followed it is very effective.
Week #1:
1. Every 1-2 hours your child does not bite, say, “Thank you for not biting.” Follow this immediately with a small piece of candy or cookie. Do this all day for the week.
2. When you child bites, say, “No biting.” You will then place your child in time out and dab small bit of liquid soap or other noxious tasting substance on their tongue.
3. A few minutes after time out is over, thank your child for not biting and again give them a small piece of candy or cookie.
Week #2
1. Once in the morning and once in the afternoon thank your child for not biting and give them a small piece of candy or cookie.
2. If they bite follow steps 2 & 3 above.
Week #3
1. Once a day either morning or afternoon reward you child for not biting with a piece of candy or a cookie.
2. If they bite follow steps 2 & 3 above.
Week #4
1. Two to three times during the week randomly thank them for not biting and give them a piece of candy or a cookie.