Jamie - posted on 11/11/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )
My 5 year old daughter has been eating a lot lately. She complains that she is hungry so much. I try to do healthy and filling meals, and I do snacks throughout the day, so I know she is getting plenty to eat. However, I have been known to bake cookies for their after school snack. That doesn't happen often though. The past couple of weeks she has been eating 2 bowls of cream of wheat or oatmeal for breakfast. When she says she's hungry, and I tell her to wait an hour for dinner, or if we are in the car driving and aren't able to get food or drink right then, she freaks out. Literally. She starts crying and screaming. She says that she's going to starve and goes on and on with it. I don't know what to do. It's frustrating, but I feel so bad for her. She has never been a huge eater. This has just transpired the past couple of weeks. If she's wanting something to eat right before dinner, or if she just got done eating a good portion of another meal or snack, I usually offer her an apple or something if it's close to dinner time, but she refuses to eat it because she all the sudden "doesn't like apples". Which I know she does. She usually cries right before bedtime because she's "hungry". It has me nervous. She had a bad stomach ache for a couple of days last week. She had no other symptoms other than her stomach hurting. I took her to the doctor. They tested her urine, made sure she wasn't swollen in her stomach anywhere. Everything came back okay. The doctor wasn't sure why her stomach was hurting. It went away on it's own after a couple days. During and after the stomach ache is when the "hungry" fits started. Maybe she's just going through a growth spurt. I do feed her all meals and snacks, so I'm not sure what to do. I don't want to sit and feed her all day long. Any advice? Thanks!