I would like to ask you a couple of questions and work on answers for you from how we assess from there.
-First, How much did your son weigh at birth? and Now?
-What is the make up of your family, meaning Larg frame, medium, small?
-Is there a history of obesity? Diabetes? or Heart Disease? (These are just things I would ask anyone, not because I think your son has them).
-I would also like to know if the doctors have ran any tests?and if so, what?
Thanks and I look forward to working with you.
Thanks for writing back so quickly.
Children have natural growth spurts at certain ages. Those that are "Early" tend to want to catch up and are remarkable eaters. Boys will tend to eat like they are starving during these times. It is almost scary how this works. He will go through this stage where he will eat everything in sight and the next month, you will be lucky to get a hot dog to be had by him.
If, at this time he is normal height, weight and development for age, I would not be too concerned. He is having a "normal growth pattern" and will experience many of these through out his life time. However, if this is something that continues to be an issue,
such as, he begins to cry that he is hungry all the time, begins hiding food, or stealing it because he feels you aren't feeding him (patterns that you will notice if they occur), if you notice an obscene amount of weight gain for his age (this will be in the area of 5 to 10 lbs in a matter of two to three months), then by all means, there is an issue.
You may notice behavior changes with this. If so, then alert your doctor. There is a condition that is known as Pradder-Willi Syndrome and it is found in Male Children. Normally it is found in the earlier years (around the ages of 2 to 5) and it is when the eating patterns are so unusual that parents become concerned.
It is a genetic factor, can be controlled with medication, however, there are physical signs. The feet and hands are smaller than a normal child. There are learning disabilities in some, but not all children with this disorder and the children are not on the normal growth chart. Their weight is off the charts, but their height is standard.
A Endocrinologist is needed to test the child for this. Counseling is also involved as it is an emotional issue for the child as well as behavioral.
Please let me know if you have any follow up questions that you would like to ask and please be sure to leave feedback if you are happy with the way the question was answered.