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PleaseDontEatme Thu 21-Feb-19 10:54:14

3 year old DD. Not even lunchtime and she's already eaten half my cupboards.

So far she's had; bowl of cereal, toast, crisps, 2 bananas, a yogurt, a dairlee dunker, and a small box of raisins.

She asked for lunch at 10.30 as she's "So so hungry".

She's not thirsty as she had milk with breakfast, and has access to water at all times which she's slowly been drinking her way through.

She's small for her age; 18-24m clothes, 2nd percentile for weight, 9th for height. Is in proportion. No belly or excess fat (she's under a paeds for something else and he's happy with her). She just eats.

This isn't unusual for her. She goes to Nursery a couple of times a week and will often tell the manager she's not had lunch when she has to get a second one (thankfully they only charge me for one meal) and she usually eats double fruit and snacks there too. Again has access to water at all times at Nursery.

Anyone else got a non stop eater?

PinkHeart5914 Thu 21-Feb-19 11:00:19

You’ve fed a 3 year old all that before 11am? Really? What you’ve fed her is all sugar so that could well be the issue?

Giver her a proper breakfast or eggs on toast or porridge then the next meal is lunch... Try entertaining her and offer water and an apple if you genuinely belive she’s hungry in between meals

I’ve got 3 dc all around the age of yours and I’ve looked after many others, never known a 3 year old to eat like that

flowersaremyfave Thu 21-Feb-19 11:02:00

I have a 2 year old like this 😳 this morning she's had a bowl of cereal, 2 slices of toast with Philadelphia cheese, a banana and half of my shreddies has has just ask for a snack 😂 I love her eating though because my others were all so fussy, so it's nice to have a child that eats everything. Go with it, you might find in a year or 2 she becomes a fussy eating (like most kids are)

GerryblewuptheER Thu 21-Feb-19 11:02:08

Has she been wormed?

Agree with cutting the sugar box wonder shes eating so much. Cereal is just air and sugar. Try some scrambled egg on toast.

And just say no.

Not normal. And that will ruin her teeth long term to be eating so much sugar

DrinkSangriaInThePark Thu 21-Feb-19 11:02:47

That's an awful lot of food, skinny or not! Is she eating for the sake of it? I don't think there's any need for food so often. What about a good breakfast, one small yogurt as a snack and then a good lunch? Why all the snacking?

PleaseDontEatme Thu 21-Feb-19 11:04:09

She won't eat eggs, it's the one thing she dislikes.

If I say no she tantrums.

I do entertain her, we've done some painting and drawing this morning, she's had a bath...we'll be going for a walk in a bit.

GerryblewuptheER Thu 21-Feb-19 11:07:21

I think you will have to just put up with the tantrums.

And go for higher protein stuff.

Crunchymum Thu 21-Feb-19 11:08:12

I have an eater.

Today she has had cereal, Greek yoghurt with strawberries, banana and carrot sticks with humus but she had a swimming lesson this morning so I knew she'd be extra hungry.

I'd look at what you are feeding. Porridge is a good / healthy filling breakfast. If you are doing toast then go wholemeal and top with peanut butter or humus or avocado. A child shouldn't need both?

We stick mainly to berries, have no raisins (DC2 has teeth issues and gobbles down all fruit so we've banned the most sugary ones!) And we limit bananas as they are quite carb heavy, bananas aren't the best fruit for blood sugar levels.

Try actual chess as opposed to dunkers.

It could be boredom, my eater is terrible when bored.

Crunchymum Thu 21-Feb-19 11:09:33

Chess = cheese.

Also meant to say go for cereals like Shredded Wheat / Oatibix if you are giving cereals.

Slowknitter Thu 21-Feb-19 11:09:43

Give her more protein and less processed stuff and raisins. If she's still hungry, give her carrot sticks.

PleaseDontEatme Thu 21-Feb-19 11:12:50

Cereal is usually cornflakes.

We have 50/50 bread as I don't like all wholemeal and find prepacked white bread sweet.

She usually has cubes of proper cheese but I don't have any due to having not yet done the shopping. Don't get paid until tomorrow.

Queenfreak Thu 21-Feb-19 11:17:25

My nearly 2 year old has days like that.
Last week she had a bowl of porridge, a banana, a slice of cheese on toast, a satsuma, a yogurt and water.
All before 10am!
Today- nothing. She's not hungry. I trust her to eat when she's hungry. I offer the food I'm happy for her to eat- that's as much control as I have over her eating habits

PleaseDontEatme Thu 21-Feb-19 11:21:22

I consider myself to be quite a good cook, and her actual meals are fairly healthy. Today's lunch is Chicken and Leek Mash Topped Pie with peas and carrots, so not unhealthy.

She just doesn't seem to have an off switch with food. Even if she's playing she'll want food.

Tutlefru Thu 21-Feb-19 11:24:06

I have a 5 year old who does this. To the point where it becomes an issue.

He will eye up other people’s food and ask if they want it, even though his plate still has his food on it!

We lock the food away now otherwise they pull up my dining chair to the cupboard. blush

Lottapianos Thu 21-Feb-19 11:25:56

'If I say no she tantrums. '

Well, yes. She's three. She doesn't have the language skills yet to argue with you or the emotional maturity to manage her frustration so it all comes out as a tantrum. You still need to say no, and it's something she has to learn to accept, over time

And no food when playing. Food at mealtimes and snacktimes only

EKGEMS Thu 21-Feb-19 12:22:28

Is there any family history of juvenile diabetes? That is a lot of food and sometimes we all overeat out of habit. Perhaps you can get advice from the GP or a dietician? Agree with the others on here higher protein breakfast would help.

NabooThatsWho Thu 21-Feb-19 12:26:32

As long as a child isn’t overweight and has no health issues, I don’t see the problem.

Some people on MN seem disgusted by anyone who eats more than 3 tiny meals a day.

CookPassBabtridge Thu 21-Feb-19 12:41:27

My two year old is like this. And all my friends kids, just can't feed them enough! As long as their weight is healthy then I wouldn't worry.

Sirzy Thu 21-Feb-19 12:44:26

s long as a child isn’t overweight and has no health issues, I don’t see the problem.

That doesn’t work though as your setting the child in a constant eating habit so even if they burn it all off while young and active it does them no favours long term. Just because someone is currently a healthy weight also doesn’t mean that problems aren’t being caused by the amount/type of food.

It is perfectly fine to say no to a child even if they don’t like it. Infact it’s good for them!

Sexnotgender Thu 21-Feb-19 12:45:15

Cornflakes are sugary crap so no wonder they don’t keep her full.

Try porridge.

pinkhorse Thu 21-Feb-19 12:47:43

Wasn't there a thread like this recently and it turned out the child was diabetic?

flowersaremyfave Thu 21-Feb-19 12:48:44

Some people on MN seem disgusted by anyone who eats more than 3 tiny meals a day.
Totally agree with this, it baffles me.

Op I think your feeding her fine, her diet sound perfectly normal to me. Children that age burn it off really quickly

babysharkah Thu 21-Feb-19 12:49:25

Try thinks like:

Greek yogurt
Ham / cheese roll ups
Beans on toast
Peanut butter or cream cheese on toast
Mine dont like eggs on their own but will eat flourless muffins for breakfast

VimFuego101 Thu 21-Feb-19 13:01:39

Would she eat something like porridge for breakfast?

DrinkSangriaInThePark Thu 21-Feb-19 13:18:28

Some people on MN seem disgusted by anyone who eats more than 3 tiny meals a day

No it's just that none of us grew up with this constant "grazing" that goes on these days with children. And it's a fact that doctors blame the modern fear of feeling hungry like, even for half an hour, for the obesity crisis.

aliceelizaloves Thu 21-Feb-19 13:34:50

Yes! I have an almost 3 year old who eats so much in the morning. He will have a large bowl of porridge at 7am then often ask for toast, banana, weetabix, babychino (frothy milk), etc, all before lunchtime. He doesn't eat so much in the afternoon though. He is big though, has always been 98th centile since he was 2 weeks old, so I am keeping an eye on it!!

flowersaremyfave Thu 21-Feb-19 13:40:00

@DrinkSangriaInThePark I have 5 children all have grazed to the extreme and none are obese. I'm also a huge grazer (will easily eat 5-10 packets of crisps a day/plus fruit, chocolate ect) and I'm a size 10. I think if your meant to be big it's in your genes. And obviously if you can see your child is heading down that route then you keep an eye on it.

Crunchymum Thu 21-Feb-19 13:57:52

5-10 packets of crisps a day (plus chocolate) isn't healthy even if you are a healthy size / BMI shock

flowersaremyfave Thu 21-Feb-19 14:11:12

@Crunchymum I didn't say it was. I'm saying some people have a fast metabolism. Everyone points out obesity (I don't know anyone who is mind you) but that can't be implied to every person that eats loads! I can eat a takeaway every night (and I have done) and not put a pound on. Op has said her child is small for her age. So therefore has no concerns about her weight.

Sirzy Thu 21-Feb-19 15:25:41

So if a child is small then it’s fine to teach them bad eating habits? confused

notacooldad Thu 21-Feb-19 15:33:04

Some people on MN seem disgusted by anyone who eats more than 3 tiny meals a day

No it's just that none of us grew up with this constant "grazing" that goes on these days with children. And it's a fact that doctors blame the modern fear of feeling hungry like, even for half an hour, for the obesity crisis
I agree with you drink I was going to ask pleasedont do you think she has got into a habit of snacking and it has become normal?

The only thing I can think of is what others have said, a breakfast that is filling, put up with the tantrums and distraction techniques. If you do think she is Hungary offer her something very plain to see if she rejects it for ' something nice'

LoubyLou1234 Thu 21-Feb-19 15:35:02

I love crisps but 5-10 packets a day is silly, all that fat will sit around your organs no matter what size you arehmm

LoubyLou1234 Thu 21-Feb-19 15:38:19

OP if you are worried contact your GP or speak to your paediatrician. Your little one will tantrum they are at that age, but if you give in and give more food they know they can keep doing it. Try some of the more filling foods people have suggested if you think it will help. Good thing to be aware and keep an eye.

Crunchymum Thu 21-Feb-19 15:51:35


I see the point you were actually making is that you can be a healthy weight and eat a lot of crap, which isn't actually a good thing.

Singlenotsingle Thu 21-Feb-19 15:55:05

If she's eating a lot, but she's not overweight, then she needs that food, doesn't she? Some people need more food just to keep going! Don't worry about it.

flowersaremyfave Thu 21-Feb-19 16:03:36

But op is feeding her child crap. What she's feeding her is normal @Crunchymum

@Sirzy how is grazing a bad eating habit 🤔 children shouldn't be taught that food is only for mealtimes. So many children are underweight because the parents aren't feeding them enough because there teaching them it's only ok to eat at certain times of the times which is just odd imo

suzy2b Thu 21-Feb-19 16:03:50

My 4yr granddaught has been like this for some time, but when she goes to preschool she won't have any breakfast. when home doesn't stop she is over weight ,but so was her sister although her sister didn't eat like her she is now quite skinny , the 4yr goes to preschool 4 days a week so she is not eating to much on those days but as soon as she is home the first thing she says is I'm hungry

flowersaremyfave Thu 21-Feb-19 16:04:29


flowersaremyfave Thu 21-Feb-19 16:05:04

Certain tones of the day*

DrinkSangriaInThePark Thu 21-Feb-19 16:27:53

Well doctors and obesity experts say that constant snacking is not a good habit.

There are plenty of thin people with underlying health issues due to eating unhealthy food. My uncle has dangerously high cholesterol and is very thin. Your child eats 5-10 packets of crisps a day is crazy! I don't know what point you're trying to make... That's very unhealthy!

flowersaremyfave Thu 21-Feb-19 16:30:45

@DrinkSangriaInThePark if you had bothered to read it properly you would see that I said "I will easily eat 5-10 packets of crisps a day" not my kids! 🙄

Sirzy Thu 21-Feb-19 16:36:07

Over eating and grazing are two different things, you seem to be using grazing to replace “eat everything and anything in sight”

flowersaremyfave Thu 21-Feb-19 16:43:58

@Sirzy but we're talking about kids here not me. If kids graze all day what is the harm in that?

Sirzy Thu 21-Feb-19 16:49:24

If you get in a habit of thinking you need to eat every 20 minutes you can’t see why they is setting up issues for later life? hmm

Tensixtysix Thu 21-Feb-19 16:50:10

Let her tantrum.

Strugglingtodomybest Thu 21-Feb-19 17:02:45

My two are both like this, absolute eating machines and always have been. They're 12 and 14 now and neither are fat.

PleaseDontEatme Thu 21-Feb-19 18:22:00

She ate her lunch happily, then I dropped her at her dads were she told him she'd not had anything to eat today so she's had two big portions of pasta bake followed by icecream hmm

I really have no idea where she puts it

DrinkSangriaInThePark Fri 22-Feb-19 09:49:50

I'm sorry but that's just too much food!

SmarmyMrMime Fri 22-Feb-19 10:56:04

I have lean eaters. They both had the biggest appetites at nursery. Quality of food matters and they are satisfied better on fats, proteins fibre and complex carbs rather than the easy route of simple carbs. I've got no worries about their weight, but am aware that too many low nutrition empty carbs/ sugars will do their health no favours in the future.

Some children can apparently get away with disproportinately huge appetites, but a balanced mix of nutrients is still important.

Artus Fri 22-Feb-19 11:03:01

I think you also need to tackle the lying to get more food

t1mum3 Sat 23-Feb-19 19:01:24

Although she doesn't sound like she is excessively thirsty, eating excessively without putting on weight can be an early sign of type one diabetes. Might be worth familiarising yourself with the signs (toilet, thirsty, tired, thin, plus infections, thrush, excessive hunger and in the late stages smell of pear drops, vomiting, drowsiness and difficulty breathing) in this is the issue.

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