I need some help. My kid has been going through growth spurts and is constantly hungry. Do you have any recommendations to give him so he’s not so hungry all the time. He will eat a full meal then not even 30mins later is looking for food again. As you can see in the picture he’s not over weight or anything. He’s just going through growth spurts.
Help a mama out and respond anonymously on our forum. What can I feed my son to keep him full?
Pediasure or breakfast supplements alike.
I would think protein Rich foods or protein shakes
he could also be eating because he is bored(boys are just that way tbh) but try making some healthy muffins, musli bars or fruit salads for inbetween his meals, go for more wholesome foods as well and not refined
Sounds more like he may have a tapeworm and maybe you need to have him checked out by a specialist js
Have you tried worming him?
Keep a balanced meal. People will say one thing or another but if he’s not eating from all food groups he’ll likely stay hungry.
My son’s like this, he’ll have breakfast normally egg on toast with a side of fruit, after that I’ll make him a platter for a snack, fruit, muesli bar, carrot and celery sticks, packet of chips or biscuits, then he’ll have lunch, typically a sandwich then his allowed to have a snack after that but not to much before dinner, then he’ll have dinner! His nearly 2 so between all that he still has 3 bottles of milk! I find the platter is great, he can come and go as he pleases
Ensure or pediasure shakes help
Carrot sticks. Low energy food that they can continually snack on. Works for my boys.
We have 4 grown boys and the truth is boys eat a lot . When they were teens we had dinner which I always made way to much of then they would have what I called second dinner again at like 8:30. I would just offer healthy snacks for your little guy
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4 meals a day and toddler/kid protein shakes worked wonders and both approved by dr and chiropractic care. Sometimes they won’t eat but 1 meal and a couple snacks, but throw them spurts take a toll
Add oats to every single thing lol. For real tho stuff like gravy n biscuits and oatmeal, nanners, that’s all I got lol
personally totally normal my 9 year old& 1 year old boys eat alot! kids in general are always hungry.
Boys eat…it doesn’t stop. It gets worse when they become teenagers. Tonight, we had burgers and hot dogs, baked potatoes, corn on the cob and salad. Between the 3 boys, they put away 6 burgers, 10 hot dogs, 6 ears of corn, 3 full size potatoes and 3 large bowls of salad. Than 2 hours later, they were digging in the fridge for leftovers and sandwiches.
Pediasure I did this with my kids 1/2 in the morning and 1/2 before bed I mixed it with milk. As well as an apple. Healthy snacks though the day with balanced meals.
Protein, luckily lots of bars, yogurts cereals, icecreams etc now come with 15g etc added protein to make it easier… When shopping if there is an ‘added protein’ option grab that.
Boys eat alot especially when they’re growing
My daughter gets growth spurts. I can tell when she asks for seconds and sleeps almost 10hours on a weekend.
Growing is tough on bodies.
Mac & Cheese, pastas and peanut & jelly sandwiches. It fills them boys up. They are growing and are a bottomless pit with food. Lol
Kefir yogurt supplements. Its a drink and its full of protein. We call it “juice.” Its also full of pro-biotics.
Cheese sticks, cottage cheese, beef jerky or really anything with protein
How old is he? Raised boys… no weight concerns and they ate all the time! I always keep the house stocked and didn’t monitor the fridge or pantry. As long as they ate a good dinner it didn’t matter to me if they ate again. Many times they ate the equivalent of a second meal before bed. Our entire family are chow hounds!
My daughter is 4 and half, she gets up and has 2 weet-bix at 7.30am, 9.30 she has morning tea, between 11 and 12 she will eat lunch and ask for a 2nd serving, between 2-3 she will afternoon snack, at 5.30 she will have a late afternoon snack, and between 7.30-8 she will have dinner and will ask for a 2nd serving and then she will have a yoghurt￼ and sometimes she might get an ice cream after that
He also may need to drink more water. When he says he’s hungry, suggest he go have a big drink if water, then in half an hour he is still hungry, then MAYBE he is.
Protein. Yogurt string cheese avocado
Bananas in oarticular
Water is usually a good filler and with summer Temps here (Texas) kids are usually dehydrated. It will also help him maintain a level weight.
My daughter is 10 and does this. I just let her eat whatever she wants if she has her meals at least. She’s a snacker. She’s not over weight and In cadet corp with school.
Im the same way also. Always have been. Im 34 eat and snack all the time and still only weigh 94 lbs.
your son could just have a high metabolism and wants to snack all the time. I do try to get my child apples, watermelon, stuff like that that she will eat and likes.
Cheese Grits eggs toast in morning then morning snack, then lunch, then another snack, then dinner about 6pm two plates, then dessert and maybe another snack but my younger boy whose 7 is on the larger side they say he’s considered obese but nope I hate that scale thing. My older son used to be a string bean now he’s filled out he’s 14. Lots of pb&js and grilled cheese too for snacks but fruit fruit and more fruit it’s filling and healthy. My youngest definitely has way more fruit than snack
Cheese stick, hard boiled eggs
oatmeal and toast in the morning
Protein protein protein! Breakfast do bacon, sausage and eggs! Lunch do sandwhich with a ton of turkey or ham! Dinner chicken, beef, pork! Make protein the same size serving as your veggies then make the starchy side the smallest portion.
For snacks do full fat yogurts, string cheese, pepperoni slices, protein bars, hard boiled eggs, jerky!
A growing boy WILL be hungry ALL. THE . TIME! Lol! As long as they are staying a healthy weight and staying active and getting their fruits and veggies in, it’s completely normal. Just try to have very protein packed meals and snacks to keep them full longer to hopefully cut back on the grocery bill!
More water and protein. Protein & water makes you feel full. I’m a mother of 6. 4 boys (17,14,9 & 7 months., 2 girls (7 & 5). The answer is a little extra protein during growth spurts, along with increase water intake. String cheese, jerky, cheese cubes with lunch meat (think charcuterie board meats and cheeses, Gogurt & trail mix all definitely cut the hunger cravings.
Let him snack… have a basket of snacks he can help himself to… fruit, yogurt, cut veggies, hummus crackers, cheese… PB sandwiches, nuts/seeds etc… try for higher protein and veggies…
Water most people replace water with food not realizing they are thirsty not hungry
Protein shakes as a little top up
Well we can’t see pictures of your kid so we don’t know. And how old is kid?
Let him graze as my pediatrician calls it set out random snacks he can have and let him know if he feels hungry he can have those
My sons the same soon as he gets in from nursery his on the hunt
Nothing. Ground boys are bottomless pits lol
Protein and carbs and fat
More proteins and water.
I’m going through this with my 4 year old granddaughter. She will be eating her meal and say to me, Nonnie I hope you know I’m still going to be starving when I’m done! I supplement with fruit all day between meals. No junk between meals except for a popsicle or a bowl of ice cream after. She eats constantly. I think she’s making up for her picky “I’m not eating” phase
No advice soz as my boy is the same! He’s 11 now in June and Constantly hungry all the time. He does do football and kickboxing though and obvs school with after school rugby so I’m just putting it down to burning a lot of energy. I’d love to find something that fills him up also xx
Healthy snacks always ready. Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese, peanut butter crackers. Stuff like that. Grazing is the best way to eat anyway. 3 large meals slows your metabolism way down. Eating smaller and more frequent meals is much better for your body.
Just saying I’m 23 and feel the same way so good luck I’ve been using protein powder and it does help quite a bit though but I’m still hungry after an hour most days
Feed him more nutrition dense foods like green leaf lettuce
Cant see the pic so not sure how old your son is.
I was sure my son had hollow legs when he was young. There was no filling him. As an adult hes 28yo, 6’6 and built like a stick insect…still eats constantly lol.
Carbs are filling and long lasting with healthy snacks between meals . Plenty of water too .
Someone’s thirst hides as hunger. Off him drinks more often and also protein keeps you full, longer.
My son did this all his life,think healthy snacks he can munch
Girl, I got 3 boys all going through a growth spurt right now. The best I do is try to make A little more at meals and give them more filling snacks in between (fruit, yogurt, cheese sticks, popcorn, etc). But we have junk snacks too bc the filling healthy snacks still don’t fill them up
Mine does pb and j sandwiches! Protein!
Have him chug a glass of water
Boiled eggs. Good protein and lasts longer than a lot of snack items.
Doesn’t hurt to give them a worm tablet every six months…
Water helps hunger…have your child drink more water thru out the day…fruits are carbs which will help fill you up as well
They have ensure shakes which are healthy
Healthy protein for sustained energy and lots of fruit and veggies
My pediatrician recommended pediasure or similar drinks between meals; something with a littler higher fiber and protein to help them stay full longer.
When im feeding my daughter i sometimes just give her seconds, she is tall and healthy weight, but she loves to have seconds sometimes especially at lunch time
I can’t see the picture but I would have fresh fruits and vegetables on hand for him. Carrots, celery with peanut butter, grapes, cherry tomatoes, you know those type of things. You can freeze the grapes so they are crisp or crunchy. I know with the price of food the way it is this could get expensive, but at least it would be healthy. Good luck.
Protein is what makes the stomach feel full.
That’s why weight loss shakes and things of that nature always have 25-30 grams of protein, and show the number in a large font on the front of the box.
Kid can eat fresh veggies all day long if he wants. It won’t hurt him, tons of nutrients.
But if he doesn’t have a good amount of protein, his stomach will ask for more.
Also - You didn’t post the picture.
My son is under weight so we do peadisure but he also has a texture problem and will not eat unless it’s the except right food god know we all go threw some kind of food challenge with out kids but some are really hard ….my son has favorite snack that he like I always keep them stalked if I can and I make him protein smoothies Bananas ice we use strawberries one scoop of power, ice and some times some yogurt like activia for good bacteria for his stomach string cheese apple banana ect I always have one hand for my other two apple sauce gold fish teddy grams and lots of fruit they learned I don’t budge one junk if they are hungry they will eat it now they like it well except the one kid who different
Have him drink lots of water, & keep plenty of fresh fruits & veggies cut & ready to eat. They are usually high in fiber which helps you feel fuller & also helps the digestion system.
Apples & peanut butter, celery with peanut butter, grapes, berries, bananas, watermelon, ect.
maybe there is something else going on besides growth spurs. Just maybe he has hyperthyroidism which cause one to eat all the time, Take him to his pedi Dr & ask him about a endocrinologist
Good god I got 2 that eat every 30 mins they are 17,and 15… pretty sure that’s all they do
It’s a boy thing I have two boys one is 7 and the other is 14 and they both eat alot
Is he a good water drinker? Sometimes we think we’re hungry when we’re really just thirsty. I keep a few water bottles sitting around the house for my 3 year old for this reason
Peanut butter and apples
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He’s growing so it’s really not unusual. I get my boys healthy options. My boys really like rice cakes. They have an apple cinnamon one and a Carmel one that are pretty good. And I get them turkey jerky to snack on, pretzels, popcorn, fruit, carrots and ranch, ect. I have 4 boys and 2 are bottomless pits
I’d make him drink an 8oz glass of water and wait 15 minutes before he ate.
They just never stop eating, never…
There will be times they eat up the whole house, then there will be times they eat nothing. When they eat a lot that means they are going through a growth spurt
I always go to my local Asian market and buy those 50lb bags of rice. Raising two boys who are on track to be 6’3-6’7 they just eat and grow I put it in the rice cooker and it fills them up.
Have you tried to deworm? Humans get worms sometimes & that can make him over eat.
They have pediatric ensures. Loads of vitamins
Let him eat. During growth spurts kids need the extra calories.
Peanut butter. I gave my sons spoons of peanut butter (tablespoons.) They liked Chef Salads as long as I put plenty of topping on them (turkey, ham, eggs, cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc…) They ate fruit, cheese & crackers, peanut butter & celery, rice & beans w/tortillas, etc… They drank A LOT of milk. They’d burn through a gallon of milk a day - easily. During sports, it’s also a timing issue as to when they’re getting certain types of foods during their day. At times it can be a lot to keep track of.
Carbs and protein lol.
I feed him a lot of meat and potatoes and rice
Veggies and fruit of course
Water. Keep him hydrated.
Also, look into the pediasure drinks. He can drink one of those to help between meals.
Try to keep the meals smaller throughout the day. So, not a big, full breakfast. A smaller one. Several smaller meals throughout the day should work. That’s how I still eat. Lol
Make sure he’s not bored eating. Find distractions.
High protein but really you have to continue to supply healthy snacks.
High protein bars, peanut butter and Graham crackers, rice, and maybe Carnation Instant Breakfast or the equivalent.
My kid is this way. He is 4 and a beam pole. Tall and skinny. We have to keep crackers and stuff around for snacks. Always veggies and fruits as well. He normally eats a lot of carbs because that keeps him full longer. And water. Lots and lots of water
Try yogurt or peanut butter
Check for diabetes first… Then water, nuts, fruit, protein bars, the right oils in foods like peanuts hold you longer in between meals…
If my kid were hungry in between a meal where he ate plenty but ate a lot of carbs in between meals, I’d check for diabetes early. That’s one problem you want to catch as early as possible … In my humble opinion
Remember prefabricated packaged foods we buy such as oatmeal packets, (we think are healthy and it is) , are genetically modified. Read the labels on everything you buy.
Take him to the doctor have him checked for diabetes.
Pediasure or Boost and they have Boost for diabetics.
He may be eating from. Boredom,have seen that.
I make snacks using sandwhichs containers & cupcake liners. They consist of raw veggies & dip, fruit, raisins, nuts, cheese, crackers, peanut butter etc.
IF he is not overweight or comfort eating then he needs the extra protien and fat and nutrition. Go to the food bank if need to ( I know food is so expensive right now). Dont buy many carbs as they make u hungry in a short period of time and instead get protein and fat filled foods, vegetables- like carrots and celery (with peanut butter) and some fruit. Limit low protein & fat sandwiches as the bread may fill him up for right now but will be hungry again soon. The meals that strech our dollar dont really as they are filled with carbs and we are hungry shortly after. Spagettii, lasagna, rice & meat etc. Go for less food but better nutrition foods like beans (my teens ate a lot of baked beans) Navy bean soup (not chicken noodle) meat stew, chili, simple meals like baked chicken, beans, roatd or steamed carrot and a salad and or cottage cheese.
I always kept plenty of sandwich makings. My son was the same…eat a meal and thirty minutes later make a triple loaded decker sandwich.