always hungry and thirsty

Sherry - posted on 11/18/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter is autistic and can eat us out of house and home. I have had to put child locks on the fridge and kitchen cabinets to keep her out of them. I hate the thought of her feeling hungry but it is like she does not have an off switch. Anyone else been through this?

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Tasha - posted on 11/20/2009

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i go through this every day my daughter is 7 and she has autism and she is always eating and drinking espeacily at night when she is really tired there isn't much to you can do sometimes i hink it is because she craves a certin texter and can't get except through food she eats alot of fruit and she loves soda she weights 72 pounds but she is tall enough for the weight does you daughter chew on alot of things? I would by her little snacks like strawberrys or grapes or little debbies or things that are easy for her to get to and give her that and try something new something she has never had and see if that helps her shemay be craveing something and can't tell you what it is

Carolyn - posted on 11/19/2009

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yes! My son has days where he will eat everything he can and then there are days wher he wont eat at all. Is she eating any specific types of foods. One sugary food can cause him to want more. He wont stop trying to get to the sugar. We just now refuse to let him have anything until he has eaten "real" food. He eventually gets the hint and will stop going after the sugar.

Paulette - posted on 11/19/2009

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Hi Sherry My son has never liked the car since he was baby and eating or drinking seems to calm him down. Similarily if we are somewhere he doesn't feel comfortable food or a drink will help. After school all he wants to do is eat and doesn't stop until nearly tea. Sometimes he ends up eating so much he feels sick in the stomach. Luckily my son is very skinny and highly active so we don't have a problem with his weight. If my son is feeling like this and I don't have any food or drink available for him immediately he will have a meltdown. He just can't wait it must be right now!!! He just doesn't seem to recognise when he is full.

Mona - posted on 11/19/2009

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Sherry, we have been through this with my stepson who is now an adult. For him it was due to his meds. He would get up in the middle of the night to eat. The doctors told us to have healthy snack foods available for him. I believe there are also more meds to help with appetite suppression, should you choose that route. I don't believe that it is something the children can help. I hope this has been helpful. Mona

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