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Is Excessive Chewing A Symptom Of Teething
PICA: In medicine we call "pica" to the strong desire to eat or drink very unusual substances or foods. Children and adults with pica may eat: animal feces, clay, dirt, hairballs, ice, paint, sand.This pattern of eating should last 1 mo.In pregnancy, in childhood, and in malnourished populations is more common.It is true that iron or zinc deficiency could be present but could also be psycological. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not likely: Parents report many, many different symptoms that they attribute to teething. Studies really don't agree on any specifics related to teething. Sleepiness is usually a symptom of illness. It can be earlier than other more specific symptoms of the illness. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Possibly: Doctors use the term "pica" to describe craving and chewing substances that have no nutritional value — such as ice, clay, soil or paper. Craving and chewing ice (pagophagia) is often associated with iron deficiency anemia, although the reason is unclear. At least one study indicates that ice chewing might increase alertness in people with iron deficiency anemia. Less commonly, other nutritional problems may cause you to crave and chew ice. And in some individuals, pica is a sign of emotional problems, such as stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder or a developmental disorder. A thorough medical evaluation can help determine if pica is due to an underlying medical condition. If the cause of pica is an emotional or developmental issue, cognitive behavioral therapy may be helpful. ...Read more
Could heavy consumption of alcohol cause the loss of teeth? Is this a sign of something more severe going on?
Gum disease : Loose teeth in the mouth is a sure sign that periodontal disease has been active for a while. If untreated the loose teeth are going to drop out of your mouth one at a time. The good news that that it is possible to stop the bacteria responsible for gum disease and to recover from having loose teeth. See your dentist for exam, x-rays and treatment. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Needs checked out: Do you have any other discoloration of your skin, or eyes? Have your stools been very light or chalky colored or has your urine been dark? These could be related to jaundice. Excess vitamin a and carotenes can do this too. More likely at your age, a "yellowish" color inside mouth can be pallor related to iron deficiency anemia. Bottom line: you should see your doctor about this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Polyhydramnios: There are several possible causes for polyhydramnios (excess amniotic fluid). Many times, drs cannot find a definite reason. When a cause is found, most common are moms with high blood sugar/diabetes, and certain repairable birth defects in baby's digestive tract. Excess fluid can also overstretch the uterus and cause preterm labor. A special detailed ultrasound and close follow-up are recommended. ...Read more
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