U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is it bad for an infant eats dirt?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 36 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 60 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 34 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 27 years experience
Yes: It could mean your child is requiring nutritional supplements. Your doctor may screen for anemia.

Related questions

A 24-year-old member asked:
Can a 9 month old infant eat tuna?
2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
A 45-year-old member asked:
How bad are cell phones and laptops for infants?
1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
A 41-year-old member asked:
Is it bad for a infant to not urinate for 12 hours?
1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
A 18-year-old male asked:
Is the smell of growing unsmoked marijuana bad for a infant?
2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Last updated Oct 6, 2015
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.