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6/6/03 at 11:28pm
|Originally posted by lotusdebi
Can babies or toddlers have pica? Pica is an abnormal craving or appetite for nonfood substances, like dirt or clay.
I'm wondering, because I've heard it mentioned twice today in reference to my son. He eats dirt, sand, woodchips, leaves, plants - whatever he can get his hands on! He's almost 11 months old. This isn't something new. Trying to keep these things out of his mouth is very frustrating (and painful - he bites hard!), so I sometimes just let him chew on whatever he has. Should I be worried that he has pica? Should I be talking to his pediatrician? Or is this totally normal for a child his age? I wasn't at all concerned about this until today. First, a mom from playgroup mentioned it. Then, tonite, my mom mentioned it. She's really worried. Should I be worried, too?
|Originally posted by AnnaReilly
I've got a little "eater" too. She eats anything and everything she can fit into her mouth!
One thing that my Chiropractor said that makes sense is this: Babies are constantly learning about their surroundings, especially as they become mobile and can check things out on their own. And for a baby to really learn about his surroundings he uses all of his senses. What does it feel/smell/look/sound & *of course* taste like? Example: Cecelia finds a small stone that is different from anything she has ever seen before. She examines it with her hands and eyes and since she doesn't know what a rock tastes like, she puts it in her mouth. Yes, it's disturbing to me and I promptly remove it from her mouth and tell her we don't eat rocks, but I try to remember it's all just part of the learning process. I give her plenty of things that she can mouth at home and watch her like a hawk when we are elsewhere. She has eaten dirt, grass, string, crumbs and other things I haven't caught in time, but I keep her away from things that are toxic and do my best to intercept things that are choking hazards. Short of keeping her in a bubble, there's not much more I can do - just wait for the stage to pass.
If I were you I would bring it up to your Pediatrician, but if yours is like mine, she will tell you it's perfectly normal. I think for it to truely be Pica, your son would have to *crave* the things and it seems unlikely to me that an 11-month old would *crave* anything, kwim?