Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: TX, but anticipating one more move
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Chewing was a long-standing symptom in my DD (toys early on, shoes, like that, later on just her fingers/nails), took me years to recognize it though, and it was zinc for us. I hear it can be iron in some kids, and if I were to supplement iron, I'd want to have blood results first (iron and ferritin).
My kids got their mineral deficiencies from me, so unless this is quite a new thing, you may want to look at your health history and see if there are subtle signs there. Once I started looking, I saw a lot of things that I'd just not recognized before.
I don't know what's in power cords. I think, for a one-time exposure, blood levels would go down too quickly for you to see in a blood lead test now. I think blood tests are better at showing long-term, ongoing exposures. And I don't know if other toxic metals are in power cords instead/in addition.