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Old 02-19-2007, 10:17 PM   #1
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Ok, my oldest daughter is almost four and she has (over the past few months) been notorious for getting into food. It started over the summer when she would wake before DH and I and try to get "breakfast" for herself. Unfortunately she picks candy, sugar, sprinkles...anything insanely sweet. So my DH put child-proof locks on the cabinets and I began leaving her a baggie of healthy cereal on her placemat and her cup of rice milk in the fridge. Should she wake earlier than us and feel hungry, she could "help herself".
Now fast forward a few months and several "incidents" later (mostly involving sneaking out of bed at night and hoarding food..choc. cookies, etc.) and I decided to have her help me bake last night (something we both enjoy doing together). She picked cupcakes and we made almost 2 dozen. She ate dinner and was able to have one with her brother for dessert. No too long after I put her to bed I hear her out in the hall. While I quickly finished with the baby I called her name and she came into the bedroom with her hands over her mouth and her cheeks puffed out. I asked what she was doing to which she replies, "Nothing." I asked her to open her mouth and as she did yellow cake crumbs are dripping everywhere. I later realized that she had eaten not one, but SIX cupcakes!!!! Needless to say she was punished and lost a lot of priviledges for the next few days.............
Ok, so here's my question....anyone else having or had similar issues with your kids? I'm wondering if this is something I need to have her Dr. look into, especially with family history of diabetes on both sides. I did ask her why she ate the cupcakes and she told me she was hungry.......I also don't want to push this off on the Dr. if it is a parenting thing that I need to be taking care of. But I don't sit back and let her get away with it. It just seems like this keeps happening (and putting food where she can't get to it hasn't worked either...she's smarter than that. ) It just seems like everytime she does this she always goes after something sweet (cookies, candy, cupcakes, etc.) nothing else. And she eats sweets during the day so it's not like I'm keeping it from her so she has to load up or anything.
Anyways, I'd love to hear thoughts on this. My mom has been a great help too, but if she were your's what would you do? Thanks!!

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Old 02-19-2007, 10:31 PM   #2
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The very first thing I thought was blood sugar. I'd for sure get her sugars checked Good luck mamma!
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Old 02-19-2007, 10:44 PM   #3
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I would check the blood sugar as well.. but if it makes you feel any better.. my kids tend to sneak like that pretty often..LOL.. not 6 cupcakes.. but I woke up one morning with my kids watching TV in my dds room.. with a tall glass of milk..and oreos.. that were almost gone.. I think there was 8 left in there when I got to them.. they eat allllll day long..and my son is 4... maybe it is the age ?!
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After eating does she think she is hungrey? Was she a poor eater as a baby? There is a disease called prator willi syndrom.
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I read the first paragraph and thought blood sugar. I think it might be worth a trip the doc.

And I would probably get rid of the sweets and replace with healthy snacks. She won't sneak goodies if they aren't in the house (which would be a good thing for me actually).

Those are my only 2 guesses.
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No experience here but did she even get a stomache ache from eating 6 of them? I know i would have. Too much sugar and my brain goes wonky until it is out of my system.
Would this be considered binge eating?
Start a journal on your dd and her eating habits, mood, etc.
In my house if I don't bring the bad food in then i won't be able to eat it. I know how hard that is but it is true. No willpower here. I have lots of valentine candy that is going in the trash Weds.

Um, could she have a tapeworm. Sorry, watched the t.v. show "house" last week.
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I would check the blood sugar as well.. but if it makes you feel any better.. my kids tend to sneak like that pretty often..LOL.. not 6 cupcakes.. but I woke up one morning with my kids watching TV in my dds room.. with a tall glass of milk..and oreos.. that were almost gone.. I think there was 8 left in there when I got to them.. they eat allllll day long..and my son is 4... maybe it is the age ?!
See that's what I'm wondering too? Is this a delightful twist to turning four, or what's really going on here?? I think I will take her to the Dr. I had a long talk with her today to (in three year old terms) explain that I was worried about her eating all this sugar and discussed her papa and great grandma with diabetes. She did not like it one bit when I suggested going to the Dr. to have her checked out (she equates it with getting a shot due to her allergies). And she insisted that if she was hungry she would try to remember to come and ask for a snack. But, I swear, not even an hour later she had helped herself to Nerds (the candy) that I had put away to give to my tutoring students. Thanks for the advice mamas!
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After eating does she think she is hungrey? Was she a poor eater as a baby? There is a disease called prator willi syndrom.
My daughter is Addisyn (Addy) too!!
Yes, sometimes after eating she may still be hungry because she chooses not to eat the food served. However, this was not the case last night, nor today when she snuck into the candy. Last night (cupcake incident) followed dinner (she ate most of her plate). She was one of my better eaters as a baby and her weight gain was great. She does have certain food allergies that we have had tested and has some gastro issues, but so far nothing serious. I'll read up more on PWS though...I've heard of it, just not real familiar with the symptoms.
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I read the first paragraph and thought blood sugar. I think it might be worth a trip the doc.

And I would probably get rid of the sweets and replace with healthy snacks. She won't sneak goodies if they aren't in the house (which would be a good thing for me actually).

Those are my only 2 guesses.
I have really cut back on the amount of sweets in the house and definetly in my kids diets (due to her binging mostly and becoming more aware of just how much sugar is in food... ) But I also don't want to completely cut her off because I don't want her to be the kid who at school (ok, preschool for the moment) and friend's or family's houses go straight for the sweets and chooses nothing else because she's limited at home. And believe me both her "baa-ma's and papa's" are suckers for this kid. Now, one of her priviledges she lost was all sweets and treats for the next few days....but you can see from the Nerd's incident how well that worked today...I did put everything away tonight....in the microwave ...She can't get that open yet. And I think we're headed for her Dr. tomorrow. Thaanks for the input!!
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I have a student who does this--I've found his backpack filled w/ stuff he steals from recess snack, or other kids. I've found him climbing onto an overhead projector, then the sink and 2 shelves until he got to some graham crackers I thought I hid well. He'd take a ton of stuff at our school picnic and turns into a wild man when ice cream or other treats come around.
I just read an article in Child magazine about it today. The explanation fits my student perfectly, but prob. not you. I'll tell you what it said anyway--
Basically it says it's a survival mechanism in impoverished or neglectful areas. Also, it says food could symbolize nurturing to a child and she may be trying to make up for a deficit of that in her past. Some children who were deprived of either food or love may gorge until they vomit. It says to explain that she'll always have plenty of food and to give her a special place to keep food, such as her own Tupperware container or a personal shelf in the fridge for comfort. Heaping her w/ love and a stable routine, including chors and discipline when it's needed will reassure her the most. It says you may want to consult a children's behavior specialist because these issues can be difficult to address.
But in YOUR DD's case?
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