A 6-year-old female asked:
My LO eats soap L detergent diaper cream and likes it could this be a sign of PICA!? She won't eat normal food but likes strange things
1 doctor answer
Dr. Johanna Fricke answered
49 years experience in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Not till age 2, but : keep those items out of her reach 24/7. Have her pediatrician check her for iron-deficiency & developmental delays. At 1 year, wean from bottles; offer a maximum of 16-21 oz. of milk + milk products/ day in open-mouth cups only at sit-down meals; no juice or Sippee cups. Give water for thirst between meals. Put 1 tbsp. of each food on her plate at each meal; let her finger-feed & ask for more.
Answered on Jan 2, 2016
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