always hungry

Jemma - posted on 06/22/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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my 3yr old is alays hungry is this normal? plus i dont give my daughter a cooked lunch she snacks throughout the day is this ok?

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Jessica - posted on 06/22/2009

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It's actually healthy for your kiddos to snack throghout the day as long as they are healthy snacks. If you put out a cupcake pan with different munchies, again healthy munchies, it will keep their little metabolisms going all day. Little bodies burn alot of fuel especially when they're growing and the best thing for them is to keep their fuel supply up. Also when my kids go through growth spurts they eat ALOT! Here is something from Dr. Sears:



We have noticed that children's behavior often deteriorates in the late morning and late afternoon, or three to four hours after a meal. Children simply run out of fuel. When blood-sugar levels go down, stress hormones kick in to raise it up again, but this can cause behavioral problems and diminished concentration. To smooth out the blood-sugar mood swings, try the fine art of grazing. Let your child nibble, or graze, on nutritious foods throughout the day. Make them easily accessible in a lunch pack at school. (Smart teachers allow even upper-grade children to have a mid-morning snack.) Carry snacks with you when you are away from home. While at home, keep a supply of healthy snacks readily available in the pantry or refrigerator.

Here's a trick from the Sears' family kitchen for the preschool child. Prepare a nibble tray. Use an ice cube tray, a muffin tin, or a compartmentalized plastic dish and fill each section with bite-size portions of colorful and nutritious foods. Give the foods fun names, such as avocado boats (a quarter of an avocado sectioned lengthwise), banana or cooked carrot wheels, broccoli trees, cheese blocks, little O's (O-shaped cereal), canoe eggs (hard-boiled eggs cut lengthwise in wedges), moons (peeled apple slices, thinly spread with peanut butter), or shells and worms (different shapes of pasta).



Don't forget that children love to dip. Reserve one or two compartments in the tray for your child's favorite dips, such as yogurt or guacamole (without the spices). Encourage the child to sit and nibble from the tray frequently throughout the day, especially late in the morning and in the mid-to-late afternoon, when the fuel from the previous meal begins to wear off. Shorten the spacing between feedings and you are less likely to have spacey children.



www.askdrsears.com has alot more helpful tips for toddlers

Justina - posted on 06/22/2009

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its healthy to have a lot of small meals a day. Try giving her more protein and fiber rich foods that will fill her up! I would avoid chips and other junk food that don't really help fill a tummy.

Abby - posted on 06/22/2009

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have u tried just giving them larger meals and nothing in between(it's just an idea i only have an 11month old) but in theory if their meals are bigger they wont want to snack. is there a reason ur daughter doesnt have a cooked lunch? x

Sandra - posted on 06/22/2009

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Hi Jemma

My boys eat all the time.

My boys have their three main meals a day plus snacks but everything is small because they eat so much during the day.

I even give a bowl of cereal about a hour and half before bed because their tummy's are already for another meal.

What I mean by main meals is eating with family.

My oldest son eats a very large breakfast and everything is smaller during the day. Supper are very light for him.

Now my second son eats only fruit and toast and sometime waffles for breakfast and eats light all day long.

Suppers are mainly fruit, he loves pasta and carrot sticks but again light.

My older son loves veggies and younger son likes only carrots but I hide veggie for him.



So for me I would say yes this is normal as long as she is getting food from all food groups no matter how big or small it is and all children don't like all veggie or fruit so I always give the ones they love. If she happens to miss one serving veggie or fruit that oh,well she might eat more the next day. As long as she is happy.

Peggy - posted on 06/22/2009

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I think that's a real good question. I have a 6 and 7 year old that are eating me out of the house. They go through like 4-5 boxes of cereal a week. I can remember at 3 they would munch a lot. I feel unless shes eating because she bored give her little things here and there. I wished I could help out more. Good luck!!! =)

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