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My 5 yr old eats and eats and never seems full?

My 5 yr old eats and eats and never seems full? Topic: Why do i write letters in the wrong order
June 20, 2019 / By Victor
Question: My daughter is 5 and she seems like she eats and eats and eats. We are a family of 6 and she can eat more then our family combined at one meal! She sneaks food and its gotten so bad that tonight she set the oven on fire by dropping a pot holder in it trying to get out french fries that were cooking! We have had her tested for diabetes and a lot of her levels were abnormal, most of those were ones that suggest she has diabetes, but not abnormal enough that they would diagnose her with it. I am at my wits end and dont know what to do anymore. Any one have any thoughts or suggestions???? She does eat healthy, they dont get candy or sweets and french fries are a treat. She does know right from wrong, she does know not to touch the oven or things like that, but her need for food seems to over ride that. I am going to call on Monday and make another appointment for her. @Malica, we cant go to another doctor, unfortunately, we are in the army and have a specific doctor and cant deviate from that. And she didnt burn herself, thank God, she just set the pot holder and the oven on fire and im thanking God she didnt burn down the house! also @Malica, the Prader-Willi syndrome is def. something we will bring up to the doctors. She does have a bunch of those signs and symptoms and was born with a lot of problems like those described. Thank you soo much for that suggestion!!
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Rowland Rowland | 9 days ago
I agree with Malica. It does sound like she could possibly have Prader-Willi syndrome. Children with Prader-Willi have a defect in the part of the brain that controls satiety and appetite. They often get so hungry that they will go to extreme measures to get food such as hiding, sneaking, stealing, and hoarding food. This does not mean that they are bad or disobedient children and the behavior is not their fault. Their feelings of hunger are just so strong that they are unable to control them. Prader-Willi syndrome cannot be cured but can be treated with behavior modification, medications, careful planning of meals and snacks, and an enjoyable exercise through play program. Successful treatment requires a healthcare team approach with a pediatrician, a neurologist, an endocrinologist, a dietician, a therapist or counselor, and a physical therapist. I completely understand about having to see a specific doctor because you are a military family. We are a military family also and we just recently found out that my husband has cancer. We were worried that he would have trouble getting the care he needed due to us having to stick to preferred providers in order to receive full insurance coverage. The physician that we are required to see simply wrote a letter of medical need to the insurance company explaining why my husband has to get treatment out of network and the insurance company approved it with 100% coverage without any problem. I hope your daughter does not have Prader-Willi syndrome, but if she does remember that it is very treatable. I do not know if you are of Christian faith or if you believe in God but I will be praying for your daughter and your family.
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Mordecai Mordecai
Are food allergies a possibility? Maybe try changing what she's eating. Especially if she's showing signs of a diabetic, it might be good to look into some changes in what she's eating. Do some research on the glycemic index and how a diabetic should eat. Try and feed her foods that will fill her up and keep her full for awhile. your doctor may be able to help you with that. Definitely write down what you are feeding her and also note what her behavior is like between meals. Then take that to your next appointment. You may notice that certain foods cause more problems.
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Keaton Keaton
Could it be something like Prader-Willi Syndrome? I'd suggest writing down everything she eats over the course of a few days so you can show the doctor exact quantities and any abnormally obsessive behavior (like burning herself to get at French fries). It does sound very troubling - keep pushing your doctor for an answer or find another doctor.
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Heber Heber
Okay, french fries? If she is overweight, perhaps provide healthier foods for the entire family. Enroll her in sports. DO NOT make her feel bad for eating! DO provide her with lots of low calorie healthy food options. If she gets fat on carrots, lean meats and sugarfree dry cereals so be it. But don't feed the family french fries if even one member of the family is having trouble with eating properly. She shouldn't have to "sneak food" because you should be offering her food when she wants it. You are making this a power control issue. If there are foods you don't want her to have, don't have them in the house period. Before she went for the fries did she express to you she was hungry? Does she normally get hungry around that time? What did / do you offer her during that time? I just don't believe in telling kids they are not allowed to eat, or have to eat different portions from everyone else. Her "sneaking food" concerns me that she isn't allowed to have the food in the first place, and if that is the case, why is it in the house?
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