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What treatments are there for a child who has a habit of eating non-food items?

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Dr. Patrick Hieber
Pediatrics

In brief: Pica

This behavior is called pica.
There is a relationsip with iron deficiency in some children and this should be treated if present. In younger children, close supervision/prevetion is primary approach. If mental retardation and other psychiatric disease is excludable in an older child, i would recommend cognitive behavioral therapy with an expert in this area.

In brief: Pica

This behavior is called pica.
There is a relationsip with iron deficiency in some children and this should be treated if present. In younger children, close supervision/prevetion is primary approach. If mental retardation and other psychiatric disease is excludable in an older child, i would recommend cognitive behavioral therapy with an expert in this area.
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