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Is it okay to bite my child to teach him that biting hurts?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

I agree with dr webb in general but find some kids need a "hot" moment.
Kids don't understand hot untill they have touched something hot & put the word & sensation together.Kids who bite don't necessarily understand pain is inflicted.An immediate one time bite from a parent often opens them to the concept of pain & bad choice. Do it within 30 sec or the kid won't understand & never break the skin.

In brief: Yes

I agree with dr webb in general but find some kids need a "hot" moment.
Kids don't understand hot untill they have touched something hot & put the word & sensation together.Kids who bite don't necessarily understand pain is inflicted.An immediate one time bite from a parent often opens them to the concept of pain & bad choice. Do it within 30 sec or the kid won't understand & never break the skin.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics

In brief: No

Instead, try stopping by the unwanted behavior (biting) by immediately taking your child out of the situation and giving a time out.
Explain in simple, clear terms that biting is not ok. Teach about apologizing as well.

In brief: No

Instead, try stopping by the unwanted behavior (biting) by immediately taking your child out of the situation and giving a time out.
Explain in simple, clear terms that biting is not ok. Teach about apologizing as well.
Dr. Laura Webb
Dr. Laura Webb
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