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Unless it is edible: Rice paper, then it certainly is not normal. Pica is eating materials that have no nutritional value. See your physician to determine if a nutritional deficiency is contributing to eating paper. If it isn't then please see a psychologist for therapy. This is a dangerous behavior because it could cause a bezoar & because of chemicals used to process many paper products. ...Read more
Not life threatening: BUT a lot of chemicals in most paper that should not be ingested regularly or in large quantities. Bleaching agents, sizing agents, chalk, and finishing agents, to name a few. Specialty papers ( toilet or facial tissue included) can contain perfumes, softening agents, dyes and other pigments. While there is some caloric value to cellulose, it is best to stick with food. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Could be dangerous: Most paper contains traces of dioxin, a byproduct of bleaching with chlorine. Dioxin is a carcinogen and an extremely toxic chemical. It is not considered hazardous to touch these products, but it is possible that if you "eat paper" even without swallowing that some of the dioxins will be absorbed into your body. I would not take this chance. Unbleached paper is relatively safe. See comment:. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What could cause a child to eat... What could cause a child to want to eat paper & also pick on a blanket and eat the blanket?
I need to stop eating paper please help I have fybermyalgia n I take cymbalta (duloxetine) and now I eat paper?
I eat paper. I'm 20 and 7 months pregnant so i'm worrying about my son and the affect it'll have on him. I've always been severely anaemic & eaten it.
I am not sure: That the paper is as bad as the underlying nutritional deficiencies the paper is trying to replace. This is likely pica, as u have been told. People used to go for dirt, now it's more baking soda, corn starch or ice mostly. The only thing to do is use iron, see if this relieves it. Do you have an appetite otherwise? Do you sleep well? These are important. Good luck. ...Read more
I have an eating disorder, pica, and crave/eat paper and cannot stop! what can I do i've tried everything?
Seek consultation: As previously noted this can reflect developmental issues, but also sometimes medical issues. Its more commonly seen in children. A thorough medical and probably a pediatric neurological consult would be well advised with further follow up with psychiatry and maybe a clinical psychologist specializing in pediatric or health psychology for behavioral interventions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Safe.: Paper is generally nothing more than Cellulose and some stabilizing agents. Unless you are eating a lot routinely, or eating some specialty paper, I do not see any significant health hazard. The speed with you you eat it may be correlated with your risk of a paper cut. That would hurt. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer