Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Wessels | 2011/12/07


Biting and pinching


My son is 10 months old. He has a new thing where he bites and pinch. Last night he pinched my arm its actualy purple blueish. I dont want him to be an aggresive little boy. Is there something I can do to stop. The pinching is most of the time when he pulls himself up against me. Love him to bits but mommy is full of blue marks on her arms. :-)

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This is a very common problem and is not easy to deal with in babies of your son's age. It is difficult to reason with and especially to discipline babies of this young age.It seems that most babies often pick up this biting and hitting habit when they see other children behaving in this way.When your baby bites or hits you,tell him to 'Stop doing that!' in a clear firm voice. Do not raise your voice as this seems to aggravate this kind of behaviour. Once he is about 13 or 14 months old you can start to put him in his bedroom immediately he hits or bites and leave him there until he is quiet. He will soon learn to associate being put in his room everytime he starts to misbehave.

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Posted by: Firsttimemom | 2011/12/07

I have seen so many kids get into the habit of hitting and it irritates the living daylights out of me. Personally, I feel that it''s a lack of discipline. THAT BEING''s not YOUR fault that he started this behavior but it is up to you to put an end to it. Babies can understand much more than what people think. My little one is already understanding me when I tell her to LET GO of something like my internet cable or my hair for example. I look her directly in the eyes and with a very firm tone I tell her NO...LET GO. Sometimes she doesn''t quite get it and then I touch her hand with my index finger and I repeat myself. On rare occasions she still doesn''t understand and I gently nudge her fingers upwards to make her release. She is only 6 months old and I play with her a lot but when she gets out of hand, I am stern in my facial expression as well as my tone. When she lets go...I smile and give her a kiss. Discipline AND reward go hand in hand. Oh an by the way, neither myself nor my siblings were ever biters or hitters. Actually, I don''t even know if that kind of behavior was tolerated years know, when it wasn''t illegal to give your kids a tap on the butt. My parents gave myself and my siblings plenty of hidings and, by the time I was just 1 year old, I had learned not to touch my mother''s things! All my mom had to do by the time I was a year old was tell me NO NO NO and I used to put my hands behind my back HAHAHAHA! These days, it just seems like kids are becoming more and more unruly. My personal opinion but things like this are best dealt with early before they become a serious behavioral issue.

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