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I have an eating disorder, pica, and crave/eat paper and cannot stop! what can I do i've tried everything?

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 more

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Pica (Definition)

An abnormal appetite or craving for substances that are not fit to eat. Such as chalk, clay or dirt. Pica ...Read more


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Does chewing (not swallowing) toilet paper over many years (if one has pica disease) cause cancer? Because of the presence of dioxin?

Does chewing (not swallowing) toilet paper over many years (if one has pica disease) cause cancer? Because of the presence of dioxin?

Unlikely: Get your iron and CBC checked. If your iron store are low you may be able to replace the iron by preparing tomato based sauces in an iron skillet (some people cannot tolerate iron tablets) Don't chew on toilet paper. You'll find your self having to go to the store to get more just when you need it. ...Read more

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What is pica a symptom of in a toddler? Eats mainly own feces, but also:vaseline, flour, ice, hair, dirt, rocks, paper, trash, anything & everything really!

What is pica a symptom of in a toddler? Eats mainly own feces, but also:vaseline, flour, ice, hair, dirt, rocks, paper, trash, anything & everything really!

Many causes: You need a very thorough workup for your child because there are many causes for pica. Most common is iron deficiency anemia, but other heavy metal poisonings such as lead, etc can cause symptoms as well. Also, there are a number of behaviorl/psychologic conditions that can cause these symptoms. Set up consultation with you pediatrician, but if they don't help, get your child up to riley in indy! ...Read more

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I am anemic and I have a pica and I tend to eat flour is that harmful? If so how it harmful and how can u stop?

I am anemic and I have a pica and I tend to eat flour is that harmful? If so how it harmful  and how can u stop?

Pica: There is a relationship between pica and anemia. Get treatment for your anemia and hopefully your pica will improve ...Read more

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What can I do to stop eating baby powder (serious question, possible pica)?

What can I do to stop eating baby powder (serious question, possible pica)?

Pica: Read the accompanying article. See your family practitioner to have various nutritional deficiencies ruled out and then see a behavioral therapist for psychotherapy and a psychiatrist for a full diagnostic evaluation and treatment of any other psychiatric condition that may be present. Best wishes. En.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/pica_(disorder). ...Read more

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When ever I eat a doughnut I always tear off a piece of the dough and rolls it in between my fingers.What is this called.Is it considered pica.

When ever I eat a doughnut I always tear off a piece of the dough and rolls it in between my fingers.What is this called.Is it considered pica.

No.: A pica is an uncontrollable craving for some food or substance. Your behavior is a "habit." No big deal if it does not apply to lots of other behaviors that you have that may interfere with normal activities of living or affect your relationships. ...Read more

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I have bad pica for dirt for the last 2 years and I am not pregnant. I eat dirt and i can't help it. Too embarrassing to tell my docotor. Pls help?

I have bad pica for dirt for the last 2 years and I am not pregnant. I eat dirt and i can't help it. Too embarrassing to tell my docotor. Pls help?

See a Doctor: That's not a good thing, you can get sick, you need to stop it, see a doctor right away. If you were my patient, i might try treating you with a low dose of clomipramine at bedtime. Get help right away. You could be damaging your body by ingesting toxic substances/minerals/contaminates in soil. ...Read more

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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

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

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. ...Read more

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My 5 yr old has pdd-nos and pica. Her wt is normal for her age + ht. She wants to eat all the time! every 40-50 minutes she asks to eat. Is this normal?

My 5 yr old has pdd-nos and pica. Her wt is normal for her age + ht. She wants to eat all the time! every 40-50 minutes she asks  to eat. Is this normal?

Not uncommon.: This behavior can be sensory seeking and not completely related to true hunger. If she puts other things like paper in her mouth or wants to chew on ice this is less likely related to hunger and iron deficiency should be evaluated. If she consumes manly carbohydrates there may be a problem with glucose regulation and she may actually be hungry. See your doctor for a complete evaluation. ...Read more