The amount and type of food, appetite, and frequency of meals can be difficult for many children to manage, and cause parents’ frustration. If some little ones balk at every bite, others will demand to eat every hour. Here are some reasons that may push them to be constantly hungry, and the solutions to be provided.
If your child pretends to be hungry every time they are upset, get in the car, or sit in front of the TV, they are likely to be using this reflex to push their parents over the edge. He knows that they will eventually crack up and give him what he asks for. The site advises feeding children on flexible hours, but always in a designated location, rather than on demand. By bringing the family together around the table for each meal, at regular intervals, children learn to regulate their consumption on their own.
A child is likely to want to eat despite not feeling hungry when they have been restricted to meal times, possibly because of an overweight problem. By preventing him from refilling himself or having a candy, he can develop an obsession with food. A health professional can help you create balanced meals, with some sweets, which will allow you to let the child decide for himself when he is finished eating.
Sometimes, by offering only very healthy or insufficiently balanced foods to your child, we forget that he needs a set of macronutrients to meet his nutritional needs. Meals should be made up of carbohydrates, protein, fat and fiber to satisfy children’s appetites. Your doctor can help you come up with more complete menu ideas to prepare.
When the table is filled with foods that the little one hates, he risks taking a bite, saying he’s full, then coming back an hour later asking for food. Make sure that at least one or two foods are likely to appeal to your child. You can also design “make up” meals, where each member of the family chooses what they prefer.
Sometimes a child is simply hungry because he is growing up. During the growth phases, his appetite increases. By letting him eat regularly and providing balanced meals, you can ensure he is getting what he needs to grow well.