My 6 yr old is always hungry

Kellie - posted on 02/06/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I have a 6yr old named Morgan, she is always saying she is hungry even though she gets fed 3 meals a day and healthy snacks. She is always complaining about an hour after each meal that she is hungry for more. I recently had to take her to the doctor for a little cold, and I asked my pediatrician about it and he really didn't seem concerned. He told me that she was a very healthy child and wasn't overweight or underweight, and that she didn't have an eating disorder. He told me to give her water everytime that she said that she was hungry, this isn't helping!! Any suggestions???

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Freakyasw69 - posted on 06/12/2013

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My daughter Morgan is 6 years old and she eats like nonstop we feed her and not even an hour later she is hungry. She was overweight by less than a pound. She also throws fits like a 2 year old I just do not know what to do we live in an apartment so when I try to discipline her she just starts screaming louder before I even put her in her room. My big concern is the neighbors because with the way she screams they must think I am killing her. Help!!!

Taryn - posted on 02/11/2009

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My six year old is hungry all the time, when he is bored. If he is busy doing something he is fine but when he is sitting doing a whole lot of nothing he gets "hungry". First I try and find him something to do. If he is still saying he is hungry I let him have fruits or vegtables.

Kim - posted on 02/12/2009

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I have the same problem!  I just thought my daughter had a hollow leg!  I've noticed a pattern with my daughter though.  It seems she really eats when she's going through a growth spurt.  The growth spurt can last sometimes about a week or so.  After that, her appetite seems to go back to normal.  She's also a very active child and I've been told she just burns a lot off of what she eats.  I hope that helps!

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Whitney - posted on 05/23/2013

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children are suppoes to eat 4-5 meals a day.. i worked for WIC. they are also suppoes to eat snacks as well. adults dont even eat 3.. they are suppoes to eat more.
esp if your child is active. they burn food off very fast..

Nichole - posted on 08/30/2012

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I find that if I give them more high protien snacks and meals they stay full longer. Try yogurt, lowfat cottage cheese, turkey rolls (lunch meat slices), & hard boiled eggs plus a cup of lowfat milk.

Elizabeth - posted on 08/18/2012

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I have the same problem with my great nephew. He is CONSTANTLY hungry. Even after we have JUST fed him. the boy can eat three peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at a sitting and is STILL hungry. He isn't overweight, in fact I think he is a little small for a four yr old. Im getting terribly concerned. This can not be normal. He is fed healthy nutritious food and snacks. However, I can not seem to fill up his tank at ALL? He spends most of his time either eating, wanting to eat or asking for more after he eats or wondering when he can eat again. Anyone have any ideas? I just don't know how a four yr old can eat as much as a grown person and not be obese, and yet still feel like he is starving. Im pretty sure its time for a trip to the pediatric doctor, but this time we are goin gto have to convince him that its not normal. I guess Im asking, has anyone been through this and what did your doctor tell you? ,

Kyla - posted on 06/10/2010

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I have an 8 yo who is always hungry but he is also very small for his age below the tenth% for height and weight. He has been this way since about 9 months. The pediatrician is now sending use to an endocrinologist to see if we can figure things out.

Stephanie - posted on 06/07/2010

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I have an eight year old daughter who is the same way and has been since around 4-5 years of age. I did the same thing with the doctor and received the same response, so I certainly understand your concern. Here's what I've learned. The last couple of years we've done the following: if she is hungry about an hour after eating. Offer the water. If still hungry offer healthy snacks in snack portions(fruits, vegetables, yogurt, etc). My third daughter is now 3 and has begun to have similar eating schedule. This time I'm following what the doctor has said and not stressing. Although we do go through our snack food pretty quickly i know in the end she is satisfied and healthy.
My eight year old daughter now still snacks but through talking with her about her hunger, and how to make healthy choices she now is able to decide and if snack is needed or if she can hold out until the next meal and snacks are more like 2.5-3 hours which is typical.

Stay strong and positive. It sounds like you are doing a great job.

Hendriena - posted on 04/20/2010

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ive got the same prb n hes also hungry about every 2 hrs-we just make sure that he gets a healthy snack everytime n enough water-or tell him otherwise 2 wait a little longer just 4 his tummy 2 settle -

Katherine - posted on 04/10/2009

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my 6 yr son eats every 2 hours. I found that if he eats cheese or yougrt he doese better because the sugar in fruits burns off faster then in the cheese. he also likes peanut butter and bannanas. that seems to last a long time in him to. He drinks a lot to in the hopes that he is just thirsty and not realy hungry. Hope this helps.

Kimberly - posted on 02/15/2009

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My daughter is also always hungry. I can feed her and she would ask for some kind of snack. I ask her does she have a hole in her stomach. She always thirsty. Need a second job to go food shopping

Mouna - posted on 02/07/2009

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if it can reassure you i have the same one home.

as continuing study in Dietetics i can suggest exiting the meals 4 times a day ,chidren at this age moved a lot and need to recharge batteries many times.

you can to avoid a high weight by avoiding sugar products, give her bread instead biscuits and foods that assimilate slowly like pasta. water is helping too.

Gina - posted on 02/07/2009

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Hi Kellie. My guess is she is growing! My daughter has gone through bouts of the same thing...just ate a nice meal and an hour later is hungry. I always offered her water or milk with something fairly healthy--cheese, yogurt, pretzels. After a week or so it seemed to go away. But she's been through this several times, and it seems like shortly after that her pants were shorter! If your doctor is not concerned, I wouldn't be concerned either. Keep offering her healthy snacks. Most kids won't over-eat. One tip, though: Don't allow food in front of the TV. That's mindless eating and can lead to overeating. I'm guilty of it myself! Good luck!

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