Pica

Pica means an eating disorder where a person eats things that are not usually considered food. Young children put non-food items such as toys or grass in their mouths because they might get curious about the world around them. But kids with pica eat those things that can lead to health problems.

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How do I stop eating non-food items?

Query: Hello doctor, I fairly often ingest such things as paper, rubber bands, fingernails, scabs or dead skin, string, grass, small amounts of wood, certain rubbers and plastics. Although I do not have cravings for non-food items or ingest them in large amounts. I do not eat dirt, rocks, metal or toug...  Read Full »


Swapan Banerjee

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your disorder. Yes, you are suffering from pica, disorder of eating non-food items with no nutritive value. You understand that this is a bad habit and still you chew all these unwanted materials. In near future you would develop some infections insid...  Read Full »

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