If the compulsion to bite is hereditary, then we don't stand a chance. Bill was a biter. I'm told I was a biter. The small, perfect teeth impressions sometimes found on my arms or shoulders aren't tattoos. Matthew bites when he gets overly excited and when you least expect it. Pulling him off when he has already latched on with his teeth is NOT an option. Matthew has all his teeth except for the second molars.
I wince. I cry a little from the pain. If his chewy tube is within reach, I offer it to him. (The Chewy Tube is an oral motor tool designed to develop biting and chewing skills).'Tis better to bite the chewy tube than Mommy or Daddy. I firmly say, "No bite" and "Ow. That hurt Mommy." He knows how to sign hurt.
He bit Bill on the shoulder one evening. Bill, startled and in pain, and firmly said, "No bite." Matthew looked Bill in the eye and signed 'hurt'.
To make sure Matthew understood that correctly, he bit Bill again. "No bite." Matthew looked at him again and signed 'hurt' again. "Yes, (grrr) that hurt Daddy".
One more time! "Ow, that hurt Daddy." Matthew signed 'hurt' then moved on to play with a toy. Meanwhile, Daddy disappeared into the bathroom to look at his new bruises.
Little stinker! Hmmm...next on the list of sign words to learn: "Sorry".