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Is it bad for an infant eats dirt?

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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Not recommended: Many children eat bits of dirt now and again. It is not recommended and most suffer no harm. There are some gems in dirt which can cause diarrheal illnesses and possibly some toxins in dirt. If your child eats a lot of dirt or eats it frequently, contact your doctor. Otherwise, wash his/her hands and distract him/her with another activity.
Dr. Touraj Shafai
Pediatrics 59 years experience
This child has pica, that is usually caused by iron-deficiency. Should have his hemolobin as well as a serum lead level done.
Jan 30, 2012
Dr. Roberto Estrada
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: Eating dirt could be a sign of iron deficiency or low iron deposit in his body, this is known as pica a simple blood test help to detect low hemoglobin or low iron deposit pediatrician may also check for lead pediatrician might prescribe iron supplements if needed.
Dr. Marina Armendariz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Yes: It could mean your child is requiring nutritional supplements. Your doctor may screen for anemia.

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