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Is there something wrong with my boy?

Hes hungry all the time, I dont buy junk food at all, so we have fruit and baked crackers etc around the house for snacks, but hes hungry and thirsty all the time he eats his meals and eats 2 helpings sometimes 3 but still hes hungry is there something wrong with him (and yes hes pretty much always been like this)?

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Asked by elananme at 2:14 PM on Nov. 18, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • ive heard constant thirst could be a sign of diabetes, my 4 yr old EATS alot, and never seems full. if you are that unsure go see the doc.

    Answer by jbirchard at 2:17 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

  • Maybe hes just a hungry boy? talk to your ped about it maybe he has sugar regulation issues?

    Answer by Crystal42683 at 2:18 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

  • I just talked with my pedi about my 15 month old who would eat constantly if I let him. It's great that your guy eats a good variety of healthy foods. Just keep offering him good foods at predictable times (breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner). If you are really worried, you can measure his food and keep a log to see how much he is really getting. I tmight help when talking with your pedi.

    Answer by Loveplusmama at 2:20 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

  • One factor I'd like to pass along to you is that children need more easily available food than adults. Nowadays we eat healthier food - whole grains, etc. - and adults benefit from this because we don't want too much extra carbohydrate, calories, etc. But children do not have adult metabolism, and they actually NEED easily available carbohydrates. So, along with the good fiber of whole grains, make sure he also gets food that is not so hard to pull the nutrition out of: well-cooked vegetables, a bit of flour in the whole grain bread, cooked-milk puddings, oatmeal that is quite soft, and nourishing hot cereals which have been finely ground before cooking instead of being chunks like cracked wheat... Bake the apples instead of serving them fresh - cooking helps the digestion have a head start. They don't need a lot of sugar, but some is actually very beneficial. You can of course choose forms healthier than white sugar.

    Answer by waldorfmom at 2:27 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

  • I would first up his protein intake, like beans, chicken, (a little) cheese, turkey jerky, fish, etc and see if he's still super hungry. He may just not be getting full.

    Answer by hgibsonorc at 2:27 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

  • If your pediatrician isn't concerned I wouldn't worry about it too much. Continue to offer him healthy meals and snacks at regular times throughout the day and he should be just fine.

    Answer by twinclubmom at 2:28 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

  • as long as he is not excessivly putting on the lbs he may just be getting ready to go through a growth spurt or could just have a really high metabolism and needs to eat more than other children his age
    if you are really concerend ask your ped and they can check and make sure he does not have diabetes or an undrelying condition that needs medical treatment

    Answer by garricksmommy at 2:29 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

  • ACtually he isnt putting on any lbs which is really what has me worried hes 4 nearly 5 and weighs 32 lbs and is 37 inches tall so im wondering where is his nutrients growing if he isnt growing?

    Answer by elananme at 4:11 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

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