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should my kid have post-dinner snacks?

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Dr. Kristen Stuppy
24 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: It depends on what time they eat dinner and go to bed. Most kids eat 6 small meals/snacks per day. Just try to keep the snacks healthy, such as yogurt, cheese and crackers, fruit with a protein (cheese, yogurt, peanut butter, milk), veggie sticks, etc. Don't give a high sugar food without protein before bed because you'll risk low blood sugar during sleep. Top that apple with peanut butter!
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Pamela Lindor
31 years experience Pediatrics
Maybe: Children generally need to eat every 3-4 hrs. If you have dinner early, or if you child goes to sleep more than three hours after dinner, it might make sense to give a healthy snack before bed. Remember to brush teeth after!
Answered on Jun 28, 2011
Dr. J. Richard Klaas
Specializes in Pediatrics
Not usually: Bedtime snacks have some pitfalls: risk of dental cavities, poor daytime eating habits, or even obesity. Encourage healthy eating at meals by limiting snacks and liquid calories during the day. Make mealtime social and enjoyable while modeling good eating habits. And if you do give in, make sure to brush teeth before sleep!.
Answered on Aug 2, 2013
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