Hello, I need some help and advice. My one-year-old ALWAYS screams anytime he sees food. He eats normal table food that my husband and I eat. He will eat a whole plate of food, and then scream once the food has run out. I don’t want to over-feed him as he will keep eating and eating if we don’t stop him. He will finish a meal, and if he sees someone else with food, he will go up to them screaming for their food. He does this anytime I’m cooking as well, he’s at my feet screaming his head off. He gets three food meals a day, plus whole milk, plus snacks. This boy is not starving. My husband and I are at a loss and don’t know what else to do. We can’t take him to restaurants as he screams once his food is gone. Has anyone had this issue? Everything I’ve looked up on the internet is about babies crying because they don’t want to eat, but my issue is the complete opposite. He feeds himself mostly, we have tried ignoring him and not giving him his food until he clams down, we even taught him to sign language to ask for more food, and he still screams. I’m not sure what else to do.
This sounds like a thyroid issue my dad had. I’d definitely see a doctor!
Try talking to his pediatrician. My daughter is 14 months and eats full meals but usually gets full after dinner/milk/snack (she usually gets a snack after dinner to fill up if dinner wasnt enough)
See your pediatrician
I’d ask your pediatrician but ours has always told us to let our 1 yr old eat as much as she wants so she can discover when she is full. However if theybare eating until they are sick and still screaming, then theirs a problem. For comparison, my 15month old can easily eat 2 whole hotdogs, plus pototoes and fruit with milk. Girl shovels food in. She’s still on track for weight so doc is ok with her eating that much. We just try to feed her healthier options now that we know she eats that much. She will also get down and beg for food and loses her mind while Im trying ro cook
I agree with talking to his pediatrician. You may hold his drink until he is finished eating and giving him his drink then.
Maybe he just has a high metabolism and needs more food than you think. I’d let him eat as much as he wants for awhile and see how it goes.
I went through this with a few of my kids. My doctor told me to me they will stop eating when they are full and to continue to give them healthy foods to eat. Seems my kids were going through some major growing. I’m now seeing a pattern in there eating and know this is a sign of a growth spurt coming up. Now idk how tall you are but I’m 6’2 my husband is 6’4. We have unusual tall children as well lol our 4 yr old can eat 6 big tacos or 2 double cheese burgers with no problems but hes also 4’1 and 63 lbs. Best I can say is speak with your doctor.
I was told that I could give my baby girl 3 meals a day plus two snacks in between breakfast and lunch and 2 snacks in between lunch and dinner but some times we have 5 meals a day breakfast,brunch, lunch,dinner, and supper she gets milk with breakfast and brunch juice with lunch and dinner and I give her a half juice and half water for supper
My 1 year old son does this! He starts with grunts when he wants something and then moves to short screams if we don’t move fast enough to give him more. And he will scream his head off when we take more than 5 minutes. And he eats a LOT and will eat anything. Like for ex- he ate 2 cups of oatmeal with apple slices, 5 slices of cheese and a bunch of blueberries for breakfast yesterday. But he did get full. Like this was a full hour of nonstop eating the whole time and when he was done he stopped. Sometimes he eats more or less but he will never eat when he’s full. Even for sweets. If he’s hungry he wants it! It sounds like your guy is the same way. Just keep feeding him until is full for a few days and see how it goes! If he’s eating endlessly and getting sick from overeating, definitely see the Dr then! But otherwise give him as much as he aske for!
kids screaming is how they communicate. It is horribly frustrating. maybe ask his pediatrician.
Let him eat, just make healthy choices. My 2 year old has a feeding tube because he won’t eat… being on the opposite side… I’ll say it could be worse. Take a bag of carrots and celery when you go out to eat.
Definitely see a Dr to rule out medical issues. Could be something simple like a behavioral thing or something weird like Prader-Willi.
is he overweight? i would definately see his dr and talk about it,doesnt seem right.isthere anything he doesnt like? when hes throwing hisfit offer that to him if hes really sill hungry he would eat it
As little ones,Thurmond enough to stop when they are full
Try to feed him at same time you eat or if not possible give him bites of your food. We do that with my daughter and it works; shell have a few bites then lose interest.
Sounds like he’s hungry. Let him overeat and see what happens
you might take him to the doctor to check out any medical issues if none found then you might try hickory tea
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My limits 2 year old does this the minute any one walks in to the kitchen she screams like she is being murdered even if we r just doing the dishes she looses her shit like full blown mental screaming. she also screams like this when she has a full plate of food in front of her and she sees the kids eating there dinner she throws her on the floor and screams like no tomorrow and has a full melt down at the table because she wants every ones food to her self. It’s so hard as we can’t even go to the shops with her because she can see food so she full on screams I’m not just talking a little crying scream I’m talking full blown melt down kicking punching spitting it’s insane we r all at wits end with it we have tried every thing. It’s even becoming a problem at day care as she melts down like this there as well as play group it’s so embarrassing in got three other children and never ever have a experienced this behaviour
Most kids do this it’s like when there baby babies and finish a bottle and scream I know my kids are full but they see me with something and want it my 2 year old was like this he now will tell U his finished and says no
My son eats a lot sometimes other times it’s normal. I have come to realize he is going though a growth spurt when he eats and eats. He has done this his whole life he is almost 9 now.
Veggies and fruits have a high nutrient density with low calories. I always let my kids eat as much of these foods as they wanted but limit the more calorie dense foods if u are concerned about weight gain.
There was a child at the preschool I work at that had this problem. She didn’t know when she was full. Something about the nerves. As soon as we have her food she would yell for more. Her parents had to be very careful with her because she always felt hungry. She has out grown it
Allow the baby to eat , putting a baby on a diet can be deadly. If the baby eats until he gets sick is when you consult a doctor.
It could be some form of disorder where one cannot get full no matter how much you feed them - i would make an appt with the primary asap. Good luck
I have a 16 month old son that’s is the same way and my now 6yr old daughters was like this as well
Just fees them. Keep healthy go to quick snacks around. I ran to the Dr. About my daughter years ago thinking something had to be wrong . She would growl faint and refuse to get out her high chair by 2 she was climbing in the fridge. There was nothing wrong
Id carry apple slices grapes cherry tomatoes fruit snacks crackers water bottles whatever. She eventually got better but is still a good eater
Take him to the Doctor. There are several health conditions that have this symptom.
maybe yes asking his dr… boys like to eat alot too. Some… I have 4. N oh my my girls dad can eat all time lol. Sorry dont know if normal. Good luck
Dr visit. There is a disorder where the nerves in the stomach yell the brain it’s still hungry. Idk the proper term for it but it is a illness. He doesnt feel full when he has eaten a whole plate. Request a dr visit and explain to the Dr how he behaves. Good luck.
I don’t have an answer to that because I’ve never experienced it as a parent. But when I was young (around 4 or so) I used to tell my neighbors & parents friends, that they never fed me. Idk know why. & I don’t remember doing that, but I’m guessing because whatever they had looked good? & I wanted some?
I would contact his Dr.
A child will know when there no longer hungry, let him continue to eat until he feels he is done.
Have dr check his thyroid and metabolism, could poss be a eating disorder also
never heard of such an issue.not in my 2 anyway.
Give him his meal and eat hot sauce on everthing . He will stop asking for it . He will holla for another reason
I have 3 boys. All they do is eat. All three are healthy.
Sure he doesn’t have a tapeworm? Lol
Check with Dr first for Prader Willie Syndrome
mayb hes just screaming to get attention and not for more food.im a mom of 2 and if they did that id pay attention to what is going on around your child.do you listen to him or do you ignore him and scroll thru your phone? my 2 were 80s babies.way before cellphones and i always listened to them.
Does he have water or juice along side his food stupid question I know ?
I would ask the doctor. He could have worms or something maybe? Some kind of deficiency or something causing him to constantly be hungry?
Check in with a developmental pediatrician it sounds like he may not have the ability to feel full (hyperphagia) and many times it is a major sign of other disorders like this one so id suggest discussing with peds n providing small healthy snacks more often maybe even food therapy Prader-Willi syndrome - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic
Maybe an absorbtion issue, nutrient wise or a sensory issue?? Talk to little man’s doc. He’ll be ok!!
He could have a medical condition where he can’t tell when he’s full which is actually a thing. I know my nephew has ADHD and he constantly has to have his mouth and hands going and wants to eat 24/7 till he makes himself sick.
If you seem concerned maybe talk to his pediatrician.
Maybe some kind of deficiency.
My daughter has delays and food is a huge ordeal with her. We hVe to make her stop eating and refuse to give her anything. We keep alot of dumdums at the house and let her have those but limiting his fluids at meal times. Like only giving him a drink halfway through his plate and maybe pushing liquids like flavored water once he’s done eating. Maybe the flavored water a treat that he ONLY gets once finished with snacks or meals. Just my suggestions I’ve had to do with my girl. Nothing more than my opinion and what I’ve found works.
Maybe invest in some sugar free hard candy to give him in place of more food?
Definitely check with a doctor as their could be underlying problems. Have you tried giving him a multi vitamin? He might be missing something and trying to fill that need with more food. If he’s teething, could it be the biting down feels good on his gums? Maybe try frozen yogurt bites to help or popsicles or frozen fruit. Something he can bite on during the day but isn’t too much “food food.”
Speak with his pediatrician ASAP.
Start giving him a ton of offensive or weird stuff to eat. Lemon wedges or spoonful of Tabasco, tuna straight from the can, pigs feet, raw onion or garlic, a dollop of daisy…train him to regret his screaming between meal times because that is absolutely ridiculous.
Feed the kids he obviously needs it and if it not junk food he’s just fine if it’s starts to be come a physical health issue take him to a nutritionist kids eat a lot !
Doctors often say it’s better to give children like 6 small meals instead of three big meals like adults. At least three glasses of milk a day and plenty of water.
When my kids wants snacks after meals I cut up fruits and veggies. Grapes cucumbers tomatos blueberries. Strawberries. She loves to snack on those.
Give him water before he eats and if he’s still hungry after the meal maybe offer vegetables or something healthy. I personally do dinner a hour or two before bed so my son doesn’t throw tantrums.
I read a documentary about a case where this little girl was like that … they didnt diagnose her properly till she was about 9 …
It was her thyroid
My son was always hungry, still is. His doctor told me, when he was 1, to just feed him. If he’s hungry, he’s hungry. Just watch for constipation or any type of poop problems. Such as if his poop is different than usual.
It is a phase. Hes only 1 just let him eat. Ive gone through this with all my kids and I have 5. He will know when he is full. Its just a growth spurt. Just feed him healthy foods. Cant go wrong with raw veggies and fruits. He wont gain weight. My 7 yr old is only 46 lbs and she eats and eats. She doesnt gain weight but I let her eat til she is full. The stomach will let your son know. He will be fine. Just keep it healthy. When u go out to eat make sure its a buffet so he xan have more food like the veggies and fuits. something he will enjoy.
Poor baby. Take him to a ped.
I would ask a Dr. There are conditions that cause kids to never be full…
Hee needs checked by a specialist. Probably a gastrologist but it could be many things causing this
Maybe an overactive thyroid
Give that baby some food. Hes hungry. 3 meals every 8 hours for a year old, with a few snacks in between is not enough, when they were used to having a good full belly from a bottle every 4-5 hours.
Not to mention they burn a ton of energy just by growing, & a ton more by walking, playing, climbing. Feed him, small healthy meals many times a day.
Please look into prader- willi syndrome… call your pediatrician asap
Let him eat if you notice weight issues change diet feed him veggies an dip, cheeses, oatmeal to give him fullness an healthyness…smart thinkin smart eating…jus a idea
My nephew has the same symptoms and was diagnosed with Prader-Willie Syndrome.
Let him eat. He sounds like he is still hungry. A full kid is a happy kid…and a sleepy one too!
I agree with a previous comment that he could be growing. I have 2 boys, they usually pick at their food like birds, but then all of a sudden they want to eat like a pack of ravenous wolves. They go through their growth spurt, and then go back to eating normally.
Mine eat constantly they eat good, wholesome food and I just let them eat. They don’t over eat and are really petite. Mine eat a lot more than I do at 1 1/2 and 2 1/2
Contact a childrens behavioral specialist. They can also refer you to a pediatric nutritionist. Babies are doing alot of growing. Try redirection. Once hes done with food, jump into a distracting activity like coloring/finger painting/ playdough. It may be a sensory issue. I would deff talk to a doctor incase baby is using food as a security blanket type of thing.
Maybe hes hungry still. Feed him? My 1yr (01/09/19) still eats every 3 hours on the dot… She still wakes up to eat in the middle of the night. My girl eats her solid 3 meals a day. She still has milk bottles (whole milk. We are in the process of trying cups) in between along with snacks and when shes done and we are eating something still we share with her(more like she demands we share)… Maybe bigger portions? It could be a growth spurt. You could have thyroid checked (if ped says no get a second opinion)
#shesmy3rdbaby at her 1yr doctor apt she was only 21lb
I am not a doctor so get your son to a pediatrician first to be sure its nothing fysical like thyroid or benign tumor on the pituitary gland, i would feed him healthy things so he can have something to munch on all day and not get overweight, how is his weight? Did I read over that?
Check thyroid or diabetes
I recommend bringing it up with the doc. But at the same time, this is the age where they know that certain actions bring about certain reactions. Sounds to me like he knows screaming will get him food. Why would he change doing that if it works. So, it’s gotta not work. For a couple weeks it’ll be difficult. You taught him to sign for more, keep going with that. Try to get him to sign even if he’s screaming. Add the action of signing for more to the screaming. Then teach him to whisper (this is a fun game for toddlers anyway, playing with the loudness of their own voice). It’ll take time. They learn everything so quickly but habits are hard to change. Good luck.
First I’d rule out if it’s just a case of a 1 year old wanting something versus a medical/ mental issue. Let him eat. Track how much he’s eating. If he’s making himself sick with his much he eats, then I’d set up an appointment with the doctor. If he’s not getting sick and is eating a lot of large amounts, track his weight gain. If you see a sudden, sharp increase, head to the doctor. Is he gobbling it up like he’s starving, or is he just eating all happy with family and then pissed when it’s gone? All factors I’d consider. Track and record his eating behavior and physical growth and if a problem is seen, you have that information to present to the doctor. Good luck, hope you all get some relief soon!
Just keep a can of green beans and peas handy and have him eat that if he is still hungry
I’d talk to his pediatrician. They’ll be able to tell you if he’s over eating or not. Plus there is a medical condition that does not allow the brain to know when you are full. I’d check into it
My daughter was the same way! Her pediatrician just recommended smaller amounts of food more often because of them being used to getting fed a bottle (or breast) the moment they cried for it. And then slowly go down to normal meal times. It worked for my daughter.
I have an 18 month old and he eats like hes 18 years old and can still wear a 6-9 months in colths. I dont know where the food goes.Hes a boy, eating alot is normal. All that screaming idk about that
Is he non verbal? Try water prior to any food, then gjve him the food. Also give him foods that are fiberous and make you feel full.
Jade Ripoli yes I was thinking the same thing … I worked in the home medical feild and have cared for many people with prader willie. It is a condition where your body does not process the signals to your brain telling you you are full. If you have questions please pm me … I am in no way a doctor but I can make some suggestions that could help?
Is he autistic? I’ve seen children do this that are autistic and they would eat and eat until they threw up all over the place. It was awful and they had to keep food away from their reach and find a routine that would distract them for most of the day. Maybe take him to the Dr for a look and maybe they will have a solution for this? Maybe his metabolism is so high he feels as though he’s not getting enough food. Is he chubby? Skinny? It’s weird that he screams at the sight of food and I’ve only seen that in children with disabilities. Ya if we’re you I’d have him looked at and the Drs can tell you what’s wrong wether it’s something to do with him not getting enough to eat or if he has an actual problem. Good luck sweetie
My kids always have eaten more than 3 meals a day 💁 i always have kept a veggie fruit tray plate for them out to nibble on through out the day.
Let the baby eat! Damn man, my son literally eats all day long!
Mine still drinks milk every 3 to 4 hours plus meals 3 times a day and snacks maybe he is just hungry keep some fruit, yogurt, veggies to give him to munch on after he eats his plate
This is a question for your pediatrician. Everyone will have an opinion on this, but there are underlying conditions. Also you did not say if he is over weight for his age or in the right range. Some kids do just eat a lot. But then there are also kids who have problems with eating to much. There are conditions that can start at young ages. Like PICA, Prader Willi syndrome. Both are eating disorders.
There is a disorder that causes a child to constantly feel hungry, but there are several other symptoms to it as well.
How is his height and weight compared to others on his growth charts during well child visits. Is he high energy? This would contribute to a need for more calorie intake.
There a lot of questions that need to be answered and your best source of skilled help is your childs pediatrician.
Consult your childs pediatrician.Prader-Willi (PRAH-dur VIL-e) syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that results in a number of physical, mental and behavioral problems. A key feature of Prader-Willi syndrome is a constant sense of hunger that usually begins at about 2 years of age.
People with Prader-Willi syndrome want to eat constantly because they never feel full (hyperphagia), and they usually have trouble controlling their weight. Many complications of Prader-Willi syndrome are due to obesity.
He’s probably hungry. Let him eat