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    We have 3 of these bottomless pits. Makes for an awesome food bill each week

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    My kids eat like horses too. DS is nearly 6. He's on the little side for his age. The food he puts away is seriously crazy.

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    To me that sounds like a lot! My 4 year old eats so little, he is the other extreme. He can survive on fresh air it seems. I don't know how much kids are "meant" to eat but my neighbors son is a non stop eater and she has to tell him no more sometimes.

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    You just described my younger DS!

    I wormed him twice with no difference and in the end took him to Drs - waiting on blood test and fecal test results!

    He would get hysterical he was so hungry, wake up at night crying hungry!

    Same as your DD he is very active - in backyard for hours on end kicking footy, jumping on tramp, riding bike etc

    If the tests come back clear I will just have to say 'it's normal' and just continue to offer healthy foods to fill him up!

    I always thought your stomach was about the size of a balled up fist - where do these kids fit these enormous amounts of food!!

    He easily eats double what I do!

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    My kids (8,6 and 1) are (and always have been) massive eaters, especially my very active and skinny 6yo. I have found however that they barely eat anything on school days, even if I pack lots in their lunch boxes. I think they are kept so occupied and can only eat at break times so don't think about food so much. At home, they obviously have much freer access, and will eat and eat...often as an activity, or beacsue they are bored. So, now I have set meal/snack times..no grazing allowed, as I think eating has become habitual.

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    My 4yr old has always been very slim, he is tall though. He just eats and eats. He now has 3 weet bix for breakfast and will have fruit soon afterwards, he then has morning tea then 2 sandwiches for lunch along with 2 types of snacks then fruit and yogurt for afternoon tea. As soon as he is in the door in the late afternoons he heads right for the fridge then has dinner usually followed by more fruit then when he will often have a banana right before bed

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    After my kids have eaten a decent amount of food I tell them to have a big drink of water if they are still hungry and then tell me in 30 minutes if they are still hungry and they can have something else to eat. Being dehydrated makes you feel hungry. Even if they'd just had a big drink, some more water and they're full.
    My older two are good eaters and compared to what my friends eat we also seem to be big eaters but that amount of food seems excessive. Make sure she's not anything refined, and feed her raw vegies as a snack. A carrot is lots more filling than an apple!


 

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