won't stop eating

Amanda - posted on 05/11/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My son turned 3 at the end of March.

Since he has turned 3 he just has not stopped eating and I can't seem to fill him up.

For breakfast this morning he has knocked off a decent sized bowl of porridge and 4 pieces of toast. I know within an hour he'll be telling me he's hungry again and asking me for something else to eat.

I know he's a growing boy but do growth spurts normally last this long in a 3 yr old??
Do you have any suggestions for healthy snacks that will keep him full for abit longer???

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Kalpana - posted on 05/12/2011

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I have my one yr old that eats more than his five year old brother, who hates to eat and can take an hour sometimes two just to go through his lunch.

I learnt that wolfing down food can cause you to not feel full even if you have eaten a substantial amount. I am not sure why though but the longer the food stays in the mouth to chew and savour, the faster you feel full and you would have only eaten a little. Doesn't matter what, fruit, bread. It can get disgusting having one mouthful chewing in the mouth for 30 sec. but it works. It's not to deprive them of food, but teaching them to appreciate their food and taking the time to savour it. It more wholesome for the body. Of course, this is difficult in young children but if you can get him to slow down his speed of eating, get him to chew it 10 times before swallowing might help.

Marie - posted on 05/12/2011

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Actually the 'eating more = worms' is a huge load of rubbish, most definitely an old wives tale. Apparently IF you do have worms, it usually puts you off your food as it makes you feel abit yik. I have also been told NOT to worm kids unless they are showing Real tell tale signs - itching at night, grinding teeth, or if a family member definitely has them, etc, oh and of course the most obivous (but grossest!) sign - seeing the worms! eek.

Shannon - posted on 05/12/2011

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my son does the same thing. Its best just to give him several small meals a day. Nuts like cashews, almonds, peanuts are a good source of protein, just make sure you make him sit at a table to eat since nuts are a choking hazzard. Fruit that is in season is good. Also yogurt, granola bars- there are several with honey that are all natural. Popcorn, pretzel sticks, dried fruit and various crackers with cheese or peanut butter are all health snacks that will fill them up for about an hour at a time. I find it best to just have fruit and nuts out on the table then they can come and snack when eve3r they are hungry.

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Audra - posted on 10/18/2012

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my son does the same thing ill give him a whole bowl of cereal and a second bowl then he will want bananas, strawberries, chips and more. he only 4years old

Amanda - posted on 05/13/2011

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Thanks Maire I will make some pumpkin soup, it's coming into winter here so that will warm us all up, and buy some pureed fruit pouches for the kids.

Lisa - Ethans the same, he eats and eats and is so skinny, I think both him and his sister are gonna be tall and thin like their dad.

Shannon - thanks for the tip of leaving food out for him. He loves his nuts and popcorn and I've got loads of kid size bowls. I'll leave him a little handful in the bowls on the table so he can help himself.

Its ok Sharon, neither of my 2 will touch juice, they only like milk or water and we don't keep muesli bars in the house. He is extremely active we are always at a playgroup or in the park or playing in the garden.

Kalpana - I have heard that too. I don't think he does eat that quick. It takes him about 20-30 mins just to eat a bowl of soggy weetbix. I will keep a closer eye on him with his meals just to make sure.

Elizabeth - I bought him some size 4 pjs at the end of March/beginning of April just after he turned 3. They were abit big but at least he should have got the winter out of them but now I'm not sure. He's actually grown 3 cms since I last measured him. I also think my little one (20months) is about to shoot up too, she's getting growing pains in her legs

Shauna - posted on 05/13/2011

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My boy is 4 1/2 and won't eat but about 5 different things of which 3 are food and the rest sweets. Best of luck!

Lisa - posted on 05/12/2011

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One day my 2 YO and 4 YO ate a loaf of bread together. Somedays they barely eat anything and they are both little skinny butts.

Snacks at our house are yogurt, bread or toast with butter or jelly, raisins, cottage cheese and peaches, fruit, cereal and milk.

Apples have a good bit of fiber and will help fill him up. If my kids are really having a hungry day, I'll make whole wheat pancakes and a sliced up apple with it.

Elizabeth - posted on 05/12/2011

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Please do not worm you child without consulting a doctor. All 4 of my kids did this. They would eat me out of house and home. Sometimes for a month or so. Then all of a sudden they just stopped eating. Next thing I knew they grew, some times right out of their clothes. lol. My nine year old just grew an inch in 2 weeks! As for healthy snacks, raw fruit and vegetables are always good. My kids loved frozen bananas sometimes dipped in chocolate shell. Pretzels are filling and better then chips. Kids seem to like string cheese too. My daughter loves yogurt. The regular kind and the gogurts. Try freezing the gogurts that's real popular in my house.

Marie - posted on 05/12/2011

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Oh, I've just remembered something else - apparently soup (or pureed food) stays longer in your stomach making you feel fuller for longer. Maybe that could help? Of course, I just keep eating anyway - but thats just me!!!!? :o)

Sharon - posted on 05/12/2011

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My kids are the same (now 7 and 5 yrs). Just ensure he has healthy food (tip: juice and fruit/museli bars are not healthy food unless they are only occasional - very occasional!) and lots of exercise. Most people say that their kids get enough exercise running around and that's often true, but as they get older they need to learn that they need to be puffed to get fitter - not to stop when they get puffed, which is what most kids (and adults!) do. Common sense prevails of course depending on age and level of fitness.

Amanda - posted on 05/11/2011

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I'm starting to think I might need a loan to feed him. Between him and his sister they ate a weeks worth of fruit in 2 days, and I'm buying a loaf of bread a day.

Thanks Ladies, looks like its a boy thing. He's always been a big eater, but then the 4 of us all have healthy appetites.

Constance - posted on 05/11/2011

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If he is anything like my oldest boy I would take out loan. LOL One way I have found to keep him fulle longer is lots of protein. He eats up to two protein bars a day. This always seems to help, but make sure you read the nutrition chart most are loaded with sugar.

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Sorry, you asked about healthy snacks. I normally just give more of whatever main meal they are eating, but for snacks it's often just fruits like apples, mangoes, watermelon, whatever is in season. Now, when I cut apples for morning tea for the two of them, I cut 4-6 medium sized apples and they disappear. This is usually about 2 1/2 hrs after a breakfast consisting of a bowl or two of porridge with fruit.

I often wonder where it all goes, because my boys are quite petit. But then, they never stop moving either.

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LOL My boys (4 & 2) are bottomless pits!!!! Oddly enough, my 2 yr old eats more than his older brother at the moment. From what I've seen and heard from friends with boys, it's just how they are. There is one mum on CoM who goes through something like 4 LOAVES of bread a day with her pre-teen boys. At the moment, I can go through 1 loaf a day of weekends when my husband and the boys are all here. 3 boys X 3 meals (plus my 4 yr old considers a piece of bread is a totally appropriate dessert these days!)

Keren - posted on 05/11/2011

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that is a good point Kate I did speak to my doctor first and that is what he advised. Worming a child if they have it or not can NOT harm them in ANYway whats so ever.

Keren - posted on 05/11/2011

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If it is alot more than he would usually eat try worming him that may be it, if nothing changes after that then his appetite has just increased. My 3 boy are all big eaters and at first I thought it was way too much, I tried worming them (which cant hurt) but their appetites are still the same. my 2 nearly 3yr old will sometime eat 3 or 4 full sandwiches for lunch and still be asking for food so it is quite normal. I hope this has helped

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