A 6-year-old female asked:
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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

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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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Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
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1 year = time for her 1st visit to a pediatric dentist. See the AAP's healthychildren.org for toddler diet, development, behavior, etc. Buy "How to Get Your Kids to Eat, But Not Too Much" by Satter. Most common cause for decreased appetite for solid food, constipation, iron deficiency & dental caries is excessive milk intake from bottles or Sippee cups. Iron def. can cause developmental delays.
Nov 17, 2015

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