We have a bitter!

Annika, my 21 month old is a bitter. This has been going on for months and I have no idea what to do to stop it. She will bite us, her siblings, herself and anyone else near her. She can bite hard too, enough to break the skin and draw blood. We are not sure how to get her to stop and it just gets worse. Anytime she gets frustrated she will bite whoever she can get a hold of.

Any advice on getting her to stop biting?

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4Katie
    07/17/14
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    07/17/14
    4Katie
    She is very much so biting out of anger and frustration. We have put a cloth in her mouth to bite on or a toy. But when she chooses what to bite it is always a person.
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      07/17/14
      It could be many things that could trigger the biting. Is she teething? Is she hungry and just being fussy? I've noticed when my daughter was biting was either she was teething or bring fussy. You can practice redirecting her telling her to not bite her friends and family because it's not nice and it hurts and like I tell my daughter it can give someone toot toots.
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        07/17/14
        Also babies have phases where they are testing you, exploring their world or simply don't know what's the wrong in doing the action . I've even heard of people doing the same to them in order to get the point across. Not too aggressive though. It doesn't sound nice or a good solution but sometimes they have to meet someone who do the same to them.
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          07/17/14
          that is true. They don't know how to communicate so they end up biting in the process out of frustration
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            07/17/14
            Tristen was a biter too. He's left bruises on me and drawn blood a few times. The only thing that worked with him was to firmly tell him no but then act like it was no big deal. I discovered with him when I make a big deal out of something with him it encourages him to do it more because he thinks Mommy freaking out is funny. For him he moves on to the next thing pretty quickly when he doesn't get a reaction out of me. I think it only took one or two times of not reacting to it for it to stop.
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              07/17/14
              4Rina
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                07/18/14
                I was a biter. My mom said I would take chunks out of my brothers back. She said one day she took me and bit me back (not hard) but also wanted the reaction and I just stopped.
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                  08/09/14
                  4dana Johnson
                  Lol my son did it too he just grew out of it he bit my big toe!
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                    08/20/14
                    Have you tried to get her to bite herself? If she's biting herself and laughing about it then nevermind that comment. My little girl was a biter when she was a toddler, and boy did it give me gray hairs...lol. My aunts and all told me to bite her back to show her that it hurts but i felt so bad about doing it that after the one time i stopped that. What did work though is one day her daycare teacher got her to bite her own arm instead of biting someone else when she got mad or whatever the reason for biting. She kind of tricked her...lol...it worked though. She told me she walked around holding hands with her for most of the day and she played with her while she played with others to make sure she didn't bite. Well at some point my dd figured that she wasn't looking and went to bite a little boy sitting next to her well her teacher took her hand and put it in her mouth just as she went to bite down on that little kid and she screamed and blamed the boy for biting and when she realized she bit herself and it HURT she didn't really bite after that. I hope that helps biting is the roughest thing to go through with toddlers.
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