What is pica?
🤦Eating of non food substances is PICA. usually kids eat dirt
clay, paint, plaster, chalk, cigarette butts, Ice, buttons, paper, sand, toothpaste and soap.
Uncooked starch is another very commonly craved item. This can take the form of corn starch, uncooked rice, raw tubers and raw flour. This is called amylophagy.
Eating ice in your drinking glass is not considered pica, but pica can apply to ice when people eat very large quantities of ice every day. This is called pagophagy
🤷Why does it happen?
*Nutritional deficiencies, such as iron or zinc, that may trigger specific cravings in kids cause them to eat these things.
*Parental neglect due to newborn in the family or other family issues
♥️What to do??
Talk to him about it:
Explain the child that these foreign bodies can get stuck in his throat and cause issues.
*Get a CBC and iron profile done.
Whom to contact?
👩⚕️ Visit a pediatrician who can assess him for other nutritional deficiencies that might be causing this craving.
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