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Pica (Overview)

An abnormal appetite or craving for substances that are not fit to eat. Such as chalk, clay or dirt. Pica is common in malnutrition.


Pica (Overview)

An abnormal appetite or craving for substances that are not fit to eat. Such as chalk, clay or dirt. Pica is common in malnutrition.


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How to treat for pica?

How to treat for pica?

See below: Treatment should address any missing nutrients or other medical problems, such as lead exposure. Rx involves behavioral, environmental, & family educational approaches. Other treatments include associating the pica behavior with bad consequences or punishment (mild aversion therapy) followed by positive reinforcement for eating the right foods. Medications may help reduce abnormal eating behaviors. ...Read more

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My 19 month old was diagnosed with pica. Where should I take her for a 2nd opinion? What type of tests and treatment options should be done? Worried!

My 19 month old was diagnosed with pica. Where should I take her for a 2nd opinion? What type of tests and treatment options should be done? Worried!

Pica test: 1st I am a psychiatrist not pediatrician. There is no specific test for pica. Some believe there may b nutrient deficiency and eating non-food items can b due to this. That said I would suggest CBC with diff to r/o anemia as well as serum fe, serum zinc, and serum lead level as some items injested could contain lead which is poisonous. Second opinion is always an option. ...Read more

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What treatments can I give for a child that has pica?

Ask your doctor: If your child has already been diagnosed with a vitamin or mineral deficiency or other disorder, the pica will resolve when the underlying condition is treated. Pica is a symptom of a medical problem, so if you see the symptom but do not know the reason your child is eating nonfood substances, you should take them to their pediatrician asap. ...Read more

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Please help, how much of a deficiency of iron must be present to trigger pica?

Please help, how much of a deficiency of iron must be present to trigger pica?

No definite answer: Iron deficiency does not always lead to pica and there are other nutritional deficits that can be associated with pica. It can also be a learned behavior, related to a biochemical disorder, sensory seeking or related to stress. It can lead to serious health risks so no matter the cause it needs to be addressed. Start with your primary to develop a plan of action. ...Read more

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What to do if brain findings are most consistent with a sub acute stroke within the left pica distribution." and what follows this revelation?

What to do if brain findings are most consistent with a sub acute stroke within the left pica distribution." and what follows this revelation?

Uncover cause: All strokes are caused by vascular compromise, and often due to hypertension or diabetic affects on brain circulation. If you have had a stroke, get it treated, but biggest issue involves preventing future events. Multiple meds are very helpful. See a neurologist who focuses in area of stroke and get stabilized/. ...Read more

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What exactly is pica disease? Are any types of people more likely to get it than others?

What exactly is pica disease? Are any types of people more likely to get it than others?

If you eat nonfood: Pica by definition is the eating of non-nutratitive subsances. If this is something you have issues with, then you have pica. ...Read more

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What is pica?

Non food ingestion: Eating items that are non-foods. Paint chips, fuzz balls, dirt, paper, things like that. It's normal in toddlers, abnormal any other time. ...Read more

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Tell me about pica.?

PICA: Pica means the abnormal craving of nonnutritional products like clay, charcoal, paint, dirt, ice, etc. ...Read more

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I think I have Pica?

I think I have Pica?

ANEMIA EVAL: You need full EXAM AND labs. CBC/CMP/B12/FOLATE /TFTS/VITD/CRP//SED RATE//IRON STUDIES/LYME TITERS. Start a. Gluten free diet Wholeapproach. Com gutbliss. Com. And high potency vitamins. Rejuvenation-science. Com Then review results if no firm diagnosis is made. You may need a heme consult ...Read more

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What are pica/pagophagia?

Pica: Pica is the ingestion of non-food materials, or substances with little or no nutritional value. Pagophagia is considered to be a type of pica - it is specifically the excessive or compulsive ingestion of ice. This is not simply enjoying ice in your beverages - it is a compulsive need or drive to chew on and ingest ice. Interestingly, it is sometimes an outward sign of anemia. ...Read more

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What is the cause of pica?

Anemia, other: People who compulsively eat substances that are not meant to be food may have iron deficiency anemia. Examples include ice and dirt. This can go along with a sense of tiredness, shortness of breath with exertion, and pale skin. ...Read more

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What are the causes of pica?

What are the causes of pica?

Pica: Some causes are; iron deficiency, obsessive compulsive disorder, psychoses, or cultural practice in some tribes. ...Read more

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Will having pica affect my growth?

Not if this is you: At 39, you have done all the growing you are going to do. Pica is the injestion of non-food substances and can include nearly anything from paper to dirt to plastic, etc. Depending on what you injest and how much, it may pose risks for your health. In children, pica often arises in the contest of a nutritional deficiency, so get examined by a physician to see if you have an chemcial imbalance. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: pica?

PICA: An abnormal appetite or craving for substances that are not fit to eat. Such as chalk, clay or dirt. Pica is common in malnutrition. ...Read more

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What diseases are known to have pica as a symptom?

What diseases are known to have pica as a symptom?

Anemia, psych ones: Iron deficiency anemia in particular is commonly found in those with pica. Mental retardation, autism, some forms of pyschosis can all be associated with pica as well. ...Read more

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What can be done to help someone with pica disorder?

Start with medical: Assessment to look for underlying medical problems including mineral deficiencies. If no medical cause is identified then recommend psychological assessment. ...Read more

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I am curious about people with pica. What causes that?

I am curious about people with pica. What causes that?

It does seem odd: Pica is more common in children but can also occur as an adult. Pica means eating non- food items. We have all heard of the dangers of lead poisoning from brain damage after a child eats paint chips which contain lead. But kids may become fixated on certain things and eat it, like the paste in grade school, although I thought all tried that. Many kids who engage in pica have a developmental d/o. ...Read more

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I do not have pica, but I crave wet dirt constantly. Why?

I do not have pica, but I crave wet dirt constantly. Why?

PICA: Pica can occur in people who have lower than normal nutrient levels and poor nutrition (malnutrition). Testing blood levels of iron and zinc as well as hemoglobin can be checked to test for anemia. Your health care provider should test for infection if you have even once potentially eaten contaminated soil or animal waste. In the absence of deficiencies seek psychotherapy ...Read more

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I have read that I actually do have pica, but it's hard to quit?

Pica causes: Pica is diagnosed on basis of persistently eating something of no nutritional value for greater then one month and is developmentally inappropriate. It is usually due to mineral deficiency in the usa. The desire to quit is strong in some people and both mineral replacement (e.g. Iron supplementation) and behavioral therapy have proven successful. Recommended that you be seen by your primary doctor. ...Read more

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I've just had this insane craving for ice, which I know is pica, right?

Maybe: Iron deficiency is associated with craving ice. You should see a doctor to perform lab tests to rule this out. ...Read more

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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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What exactly is pica disease? Are any types of people more likely to get it than others?

If you eat nonfood: Pica by definition is the eating of non-nutratitive subsances. If this is something you have issues with, then you have pica. ...Read more

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My girlfriend has pica disorder and I really don't know how to help her. Need some advice?

My girlfriend has pica disorder and I really don't know how to help her. Need some advice?

Pica: Read the accompanying article. Have her see a 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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Is pica only in non-food substances? For example, could it be a strange food that one suddenly seeks interest in?

Only non-food: Pica by definition is only a craving for non-food substances. As long as the desire for other foods is not causing you to neglect other parts of your diet, I would not worry. ...Read more

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How can a child get checked for PICA? She's two and eats everything but food! What else are signs and how do they properly diagnose

How can a child get checked for PICA? She's two and eats everything but food! What else are signs and how do they properly diagnose

PICA: PICA could be a symptom of iron deficiency anemia and possibly elevated lead levels. Some children might be emotionally distressed but typically in older children. I recommend a visit to your pediatrician. Simple lab tests can be performed as well as a thorough exam. ...Read more

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How to treat for pica?

See below: Treatment should address any missing nutrients or other medical problems, such as lead exposure. Rx involves behavioral, environmental, & family educational approaches. Other treatments include associating the pica behavior with bad consequences or punishment (mild aversion therapy) followed by positive reinforcement for eating the right foods. Medications may help reduce abnormal eating behaviors. ...Read more

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Does having pica harming my body?

Does having pica harming my body?

It can.: Pica is the injestion of non-food substances and can include nearly anything from paper to dirt to plastic, etc. Depending on what you injest and how much, it may pose risks for your health. In children, pica often arises in the contest of a nutritional deficiency, so get examined by a physician to see if you have an chemcial imbalance. ...Read more

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What are the dangers of consuming objects in pica patients?

Toxicity: You may harm yourself with nonfood items you are strongly motivated to ingest. Additionally, these nonfood items may be toxic to your body and do not help the underlying disorder. ...Read more

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