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My 3 1/2 year old son alwaysss wants to eat, I know they are growing but it's constant all day long, could it be bordom? It's really driving me nuts ......

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Asked by sissaymay at 4:15 PM on Mar. 7, 2011 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • is it little bits all day long ? I am sure its a growth spurt also - my son who is almost 3-1/2 does the same thing.. my family says its because he burns off every calorie he eats lol!

    Answer by maxsmom11807 at 4:21 PM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • I would say let him eat when he wants to, but monitor/limit WHAT he eats. If he is genuinely hungry he'll eat the choices available even if it's not necessarily 'exciting'. I read somewhere that to prevent a child eating is same as forcing a fussy child to finish a meal, i.e. can lead to food issues later in life. xxx

    Answer by Twinminator at 4:22 PM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • normal...called grazing. They don't want to leave what they are doing to eat or to go potty. You may have more accidents because they dont' want to interupt their play to go potty.

    Answer by karensue65 at 4:29 PM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • It's completely normal for some 31/2 year olds to eat like that. It's pretty normal right up until they're in school, depending on the kid. Just make sure that he has healthy, clean snacks to munch on throughout the day. Crackers, fresh veggies, raisins, etc.

    Answer by MamaRae85 at 4:30 PM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • My 4 yr old is this way. I just keep healthy snacks and only offer thm between meals. He gets one sweet a day.

    My son loves cheese cubes, peanut butter crackers, baked beans, sweet peas, cut apples, strawberries, banannas, yogurt, ect.

    I try to not let him have a lot of carbs (breads,chips,ect).

    Answer by lstrickland at 4:35 PM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • My almost 4-year-old does the same thing. I rarely, if ever, tell her she can't have a snack unless it's just real close to meal-time. Instead, I offer her healthy choices -- raisens/apples/fruits/carrot sticks -- a pickle? The sweeter snacks/desserts are limited to one-per-day, after dinner time and only if she ate all (or a lot) of the food on her plate. Sometimes I wonder though, where it's ALL GOING???

    Answer by BaileysMom476 at 4:45 PM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • Could be boredom or could be a growth spurt. You can tell by spending one of the days with your child. Playing a lot and almost entertaining him. If he's not asking for food, then it's probably boredom. If you just offer healthy foods like fruit or cheese you don't have to worry as much about unhealthy calories. If he doesn't want to eat what you've offered, it's probably not hunger!

    Answer by AlisonAstair at 9:38 PM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • He's a growing kid, cuz my daughters do the same thing. Just ty to breathe and have patience. There is nothing wrong with him at all. :)

    Answer by TwilightMack at 9:07 AM on Mar. 8, 2011

  • My son will be 4 in a month and does the same thing. Some days he's clearly just very hungry. (I can tell because he'll anything offered not just treats.) However, I have discovered that sometimes it is just boredom. When I suspect it's boredom, I try redirecting his attention first, if he's still hungry, I get him a snack. I've also found it's a bit of a control thing. How many things can I get mommy to give me?? On those days, he'll get one thing (or two depending on what he's asking for), then we move on. As long as your child is eating healthy foods most of the time (I'm a realist, we all want treats at times), I wouldn't worry about it.

    Answer by momofryan07 at 11:23 AM on Mar. 8, 2011

  • Offer him balanced, healthy meals and be sure they're enough for him. Monitor snacks and drinks throughout the day, be sure they are mostly healthy and have nutritional value. Sometimes kids just get hungry and as long as he's eating well, happy, and healthy I wouldn't worry too much. He'll slow down soon! lol.

    Answer by madamekatekate at 1:18 PM on Mar. 9, 2011

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