my kids eat till they puke

Coreen - posted on 06/10/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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my kids seem to not know when they are full. they eat till they throw up..what should i do? ive limited them to just two plates for dinner a bowl of cereal for breakfast and one sandwich for lunch for example. but they cry n complain that they are still hungry. should i get them checked by a dr or just ignore their complaining?

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Charlie - posted on 06/10/2010

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Do they get healthy snacks in between meals ? like cheese and rice crackers , yogurt , fruit these can all help keep them satisfied between meals , anything with protein will keep them fuller too .
see if your local health center or doctor can get you an appointment with a dietitian .

Iridescent - posted on 06/10/2010

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We have the same issue with two of our 5 children. We honestly suspect it is a genetic issue, as my husband has problems with this and cannot tell when he is full, which has led to a major weight problem. We limit meals to two baby bowls of cereal for breakfast (they're 3 years old), one plate of food at lunch, and one plate of food at supper with seconds being limited to half that size. We also give snacks at 3pm and before bed, one serving of an item at each. Sometimes they cry but they have had enough! Honestly, I have started putting my foot down with my husband as well and limited HIS meals, and he stops when I tell him to stop. He loves me and knows his weight is a problem, and if he listens, it will help.

It can't hurt to have them seen by a doctor. It is a problem. Have height vs weight checked, also have growth spurt timelines checked as they may eat that much if they are prepping for a growth spurt. Even if this is the case, the amount at one sitting NEEDS to be broken up or they will do permanent damage to their stomachs. Fill on water! Some children (and adults) do not know the difference between "hungry" and "thirsty". Teach them now when they're young.

Amanda - posted on 11/28/2010

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In addition to watching what they eat, try to get them to eat more slowly. Let them know they can't have a second serving for 20 minutes after finishing the first. That's the time it takes your stomachs stretch receptors to tell the brain you are full....keep them active and distracted. When my son is bored he says he is hungry, even if he has just finished a meal. I will engage him in a game of Sorry or practice reading or math skills with him. We play tag or hide and seek or cars or many other things. Often times he will forget for a little while that he is hungry and because he is busy with something else, he won't be complaining.

Louise - posted on 06/11/2010

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I think you should have them checked over just in case but in the mean time make sure there is plenty of complex carbohydrates in there diet. For example for breakfast try and get them to eat porridge oats flavoured with maple syrup or cinnamon, mid morning give them a banana and there usual sandwich. Mid afternoon give them a small peice of flapjack or something like a rivita spread with cheese spread. For dinner use brown rice or wholewheat pasta instead of white. All these dishes are slow burning carbohydrates which should keep them full all day without the hunger pangs. Also make sure they are getting enough water in their diet as sometimes the body sends out hunger pains for thirst. As for the eatting until they throw up you will have to take control and only give them one dinner as this is all they need and getting into the habit of having seconds all the time will not help them with their weight as an adult. I hope you get to the bottom of this problem. Good luck! x

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Stifler's - posted on 11/28/2010

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Exactly what I was going to write Amanda bahaha and make sure they are drinking enough water... often people think they are hungry when they are just thirsty so they keep eating and aren't satisfied.

Shawni - posted on 11/28/2010

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2 plates for dinner? thats a bit much just ignore tham my sons the same always asking for food even though hes stuffed they probably just enjoy eating even if they arent hungry

Rebecca - posted on 11/27/2010

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I have the same problem with my 12 yr old, she will eat even though she is extremely full to the point that she has to force herself to swallow the food. I mean it is so obvious that she is full! We have to take her plate from her and guard the kitchen so she won't try to go in there and get more. She is 4ft 3 and a half and weighs about 118. I try to limit what she eats but she sneaks back into the kitchen or waits till we are all asleep then goes in to the fridge to make herself more food. I'm conserned about this but wasn't sure if I should take her to the dr or wait it out. I'm leaning more towards the dr since it seems to be getting worse. Ontop of it all she is epileptic and I know that it isn't her meds since I googled her meds.

Debbie - posted on 06/10/2010

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You could check with a doctor and get a diet for them. Not for them to lose weight, but to help you with meal planning. Our daughter is diabetic and we were taught to feed her three meals each day and three snacks. Of course, it's all measured. When we learned it was all about meats, vegetables, fruits and starches. Now it's all about carbs. Balanced meals is the key, though. The way the different food groups work together is important. Good luck. It's hard any time you're worried about your babies!

Coreen - posted on 06/10/2010

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thank u. my oldest is only 5 and is about as tall as a 7 year old lol n my youngest is about avrage.

Erin - posted on 06/10/2010

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Definately get them checked by a doctor. I don't mean to alarm you but, there are a few conditions that make people think they are not full. It is a real problem. It may be nothing though. Good luck to you.

Michelle - posted on 06/10/2010

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I would get them checked by a doctor. Also I would continue to limit how much they eat. If they are little they don't need to be eating 2 plates full. Also have them drink more water that will help them not get as hungry through the day. Try also giving them more fruits as a snack and more often. But really do get them checked out by the doctor! Good luck hope this helps a little

Tahlia - posted on 06/10/2010

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My nephew is the same way. I would check with the doctor just to see what they say. Food might also be a comfort thing try to get them focused on something else a toy, movie, outside so their not thinking about food cause i know with me i can eat and eat and never stop. I dont throw up or anything but ive noticed when im bored i eat so i try to stay busy. Hope it helps



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Janine - posted on 06/10/2010

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OMG i have trouble getting my kids to eat 1 plate of food for dinner, you must be a great cook. What kind of food are you feeding them? I would be taking them to the doctor as it sounds very serious, and/or try giving them a drink of water, some kids say that they are hungry but they are really just thirsty and dont know the difference, thats what i do with my eldest anyway. Good luck.

Amanda - posted on 06/10/2010

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How old are your children? What are you feeding them for dinner? What is their weights, and heights?

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