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What should I do if my 8-week old is always hungry?

What should I do if my 8-week old is always hungry?

Is it really hunger: The 2 month old is a rapidly growing infant that needs fuel to grow. They will feed more often than older infants.Yet many parents are confused by non-nutritive (self calming) sucking behavior as a sign they need more. Babies are wired to survive and often suck 24/7 it does not always mean hunger. Think of the newborn. Never understood what feeding was about, yet takes to it immediately. ...Read more

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Always Hungry (Definition)

Always hungry is a symptom in which a person has a big appetite and seems to be hungry soon after eating. Active, growing teenagers may seem "always hungry" because they need more ...Read more


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My baby is 6 weeks old. How much oz per feed she need.Currently giving 2oz per feed. But she is always hungry and crying even after feed and want more?

My baby is 6 weeks old. How much oz per feed she need.Currently giving 2oz per feed. But she is always hungry and crying even after feed and want more?

Infant Feeding: She should be drinking 4-5 ounces every 3-4 hours as a general rule. However, every baby is different, some want a little more or a little less. Always put an ounce more in the bottle than she finishes. Babies do not overeat! :) ...Read more

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My newborn(13 days old) is always hungry, would it be ok to start bottle feeding and keep breastfeed?

My newborn(13 days old) is always hungry, would it be ok to start bottle feeding and keep breastfeed?

Be patient : Newborns are wired to suckle 24/7 as a reflex. Try not to confuse the reflex with hunger. If baby has just eaten, the stomach is not sending that message, but baby may accept a feed for comfort if offered. Breast fed stomachs can empty every 2 hours, formula taked longer. Newborns grow fast and eat often. If baby is wetting every 4-6 hrs s/he doesn't need supplements. ...Read more

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My son is 13.8 yrs. old, 141.1cm tall, weighs 41.8 kg. Is it safe to give him vit. B 50 complex for increased appetite?

My son is 13.8 yrs. old, 141.1cm tall, weighs 41.8 kg. Is it safe to give him vit. B 50 complex for increased appetite?

Yes, and no increase: B 50 is a very high dose of all the B vitamins, which are all water-soluble,; they all have a maximum amount which can actually pass from the intestines into the bloodstream every 8 hours. The rest goes to the large bowel and is eliminated. So, it is impossible to OD on them. I doubt, however, that there is any evidence-based data that giving extra B vitamins can stimulate appetite. Exercise! ...Read more

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Hello, my son is 1.5 months old and he is always hungry... 10-15 minutes after feeding him, he gets hungry for more, please help.

Hello, my son is 1.5 months old and he is always hungry... 10-15 minutes after feeding him, he gets hungry for more,  please help.

See his Pediatrician: Infants can appear hungry after eating. It is important to check with your Pediatrician to see if your son is growing well and gaining weight appropriately. Depending of the type of feeding also has an impact (formula vs. breast feeding). Some babies appear to breast feed well but if their mother does not have an adequate amount of milk, they will be hungry. Best to check with his Pediatrician ...Read more

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I feed my 4month old baby near 10 to 12 times a day. He always hungry. May i give any cereals food to him.?

I feed my 4month old baby near 10 to 12 times a day. He always hungry. May i give any cereals food to him.?

Not yet: Introducing cereals early may not be a good idea. You should consider supplementing breast feeding with formula, if you are not producing enough milk. Early introduction of cereals may introduce sensitivity to cereal proteins. You should wait till the baby is six months old before introducing cereals. ...Read more

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Hi im an 18 year old male . I am always hungry sometimes even 5 mins after i ate and all through the night . What can i do about this ?

Hi im an 18 year old male . I am always hungry sometimes even 5 mins after i ate and all through the night . What can i do about this ?

Need more info: You didn't state how tall you are and how much you weigh. This would be important to note as to whether your condition may be due to an overactive thyroid, or if you're going through a growth spurt right now since you're a teenage male, and can theoretically still grow until your 21. Please provide us the information to help you. ...Read more

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I feed my 4 month old baby near 10 to 12 times a day. He always hungry. May i give any solid food to him?

I feed my 4 month old baby near 10 to 12 times a day. He always hungry. May i give any solid food to him?

Define hungry: You don't need permission to feed your baby.We don't recommend solids before 6m but this varies with the doc. If your kid consumes > 32 oz formula/day, solids may be needed. Some misread a kids finger or pacifier use as indication of hunger, it is not. The pleasure of chewing, sucking, nail biting, etc. Is a self soothing skill. If your kid is fluffy you may want to slow the feeds. ...Read more

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I have a 2mth old which I breastfeed. But of lately no matter how long or how often he feeds he is always hungry. Is something wrong with my milk?

Breast milk: There may be nothing wrong with your breast milk other than you may not be producing enough. To find out see how much milk you can express preferably with a breast pump at one sitting ...Read more

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4 1/2 year old daughter is 55lbs 44" tall. Ped. Fairly active & fair diet but always hungry. Ped. Says no reason for investigation? We are concerned

4 1/2 year old daughter is 55lbs 44" tall. Ped. Fairly active & fair diet but always hungry. Ped. Says no reason for investigation? We are concerned

Check thyroid: You should check her thyroid for the record.Then implement small changes in her diet, like reducing the amount of milk she drinks substitute whole wheat bread for white bread, serve smaller portions on a smaller plate, serve more fruits and vegetables. ...Read more

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My son is 9 yr. Old and weighs 118 lbs and is always hungry even rite after we eat , what can I do? He is to the point that he crys untill he goes to bed becouse we try not to let him eat after dinner.

My son is 9 yr. Old and weighs 118 lbs and is always hungry even rite after we eat , what can I do? He is to the point that he crys untill he goes to bed becouse we try not to let him eat after dinner.

Your : Your son is considered obese, and is at risk of early onset diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure, amongst many other medical, psychological, and social issues. Polyphagia (excessive eating) can be an early sign of juvenille diabetes. Also, there are other conditions associated with polyphgia, these include diseases such as prader-willi syndrome (compulsive eating) and kleine syndrome (hyperthalmus disorder). Your child will need a complete work up by his pediatrician. Also a nutritionist and a psychologist would be a great idea as well. Your pediatrician should set up a comprehensive diagnostic and treatment plan for your son. Best of luck. ...Read more

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My 5 yr old daughter is always hungry! I have treated her for thread worm but it hasn't helped.She has 3 meals a day and plus fruits and snaks

My 5 yr old daughter is always hungry!  I have treated her for thread worm  but it hasn't helped.She has 3 meals a day  and plus  fruits and snaks

Busy!!: 5 year olds are very busy people. They are constantly in motion and may require more calories for their size than older kids or adults. They go through growth spurts for a while, and, at other times, eat very little. Make sure she is eating healthy snacks and meals. Make sure she isn't eating out of boredom, or for emotional reasons. If you are still worried, have her checked by her doctor. ...Read more

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4 year old's breath always smells like corn. Dental check fine. Always hungry -(she's 4!). Why?

4 year old's breath always smells like corn. Dental check fine. Always hungry -(she's 4!). Why?

Check up: Odd smell and bad smell could be due to dental reasons . Also if mouth breathing she needs to see an ENT ( ear nose throat doctor ) . See her pediatrician for help. ...Read more

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23 year old male frequent urination, always hungry. Blood glucose was 5.0 mml and blood and urine test last month was negative. Could it be diabetes ?

23 year old male frequent urination, always hungry. Blood glucose was 5.0 mml and blood and urine test last month was negative. Could it be diabetes ?

Not yet: Need more information, looks like blood work was ok month ago, the 5 wasn't a blood glucose, maybe an A1C? glucose should be 70-100. A1C 4-6. your symptoms may have another reason, reactive hypoglycemia, thyroid, rapid metabolism, hard to tell. If you have a family history of DM stay active, control diet and limit sugar even now. ...Read more

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16 year old hypochondriac, lack of sleep and severe chronic stress have increased appetite. Last thyroid test in march. Hyperthyroidism likely ?

16 year old hypochondriac, lack of sleep and severe chronic stress have increased appetite. Last thyroid test in march. Hyperthyroidism likely ?

Not likely: Thyroid function is usually normal, please seek counseling and psychiatric help. If thyroid test was normal in March, we need to look for other reasons ...Read more

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3 year old with frequent urination, always hungry, always really thirsty, stomach aches and random fevers. All related?

3 year old with frequent urination, always hungry, always really thirsty, stomach aches and random fevers. All related?

Worrisome pattern: I would suggest you take the kid in and repeat this info to the doc in the next 24 hours. It might be minor, but could also be a significant problem.Type 1 diabetes can show up with this pattern. ...Read more

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Past week=sudden increased appetite. Like i feel like a teenage boy about to go through a growth spurt. Got period 5 years ago, so prob not growth ?

Past week=sudden increased appetite. Like i feel like a teenage boy about to go through a growth spurt. Got period 5 years ago, so prob not growth ?

Not growing: 5 years after your first period you should be fully grown so a growth spurt is not likely. If you have an increasing appetite it is probably from other factors. Increased calorie needs can result from new levels of exercise, new body requirements (pregnancy), or nutritional deficiencies (iron deficiency anemia). ...Read more

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Increased Appetite (Definition)

Increased appetite is a clinical finding in which a person feels more hungry than ...Read more