Sunday, July 31, 2011
Hello dear friends. I have a question for all of you who have kiddos with DS. Does your child always seem hungry and never seem full? Jack is very active and I know he gets enough to eat, but he seems to want to eat all the time. He gets upset when eating time is over. His basic diet consists of: homemade whole grain blueberry pancakes - no syrup, bananas, oranges, apples, strawberries, sandwiches, goldfish, chicken, turkey, pasta, peas, carrots, and lots of other normal things. I try to make sure his portions are correct for his size and weight and I know he gets enough food. But I wonder if he lacks the ability to know when he is full. I have been researching this online and haven't found much to help me understand. When we are at the grocery store he goes nuts, wanting to eat everything in the buggy. He will sign every food he knows and fusses when i don't give in. Same thing at home - I've had to gate off the kitchen cause he will go in there and beat on the fridge and pantry. This could be typical 2 year old behavior but I am just not sure. Any thoughts? I have read that people with DS have a lower metabolic rate and therefore need less calories to avoid obesity. It's so frustrating and since 90% of the signs and words he knows have to do with food I also wonder if he wants it all the time because that's what he knows to communicate. We, of course, work on tons of signs and words, but I feel like if I had an explanation I would feel better and not like such a poopy mom. Any thoughts, ideas, similar experiences? Feel free to throw anything out there. Thanks!!
Posted by B. McKenzie