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If a child eats too much metal (coins) can this cause them to have learning disabilities?

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Dr. Jonathan Nehrer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Why are they eating

Coins? This should be checked out and stopped in an appropriate way.
It sounds like pica, but still why is the child eating coins at all. See a psychologist and a pediatrician.

In brief: Why are they eating

Coins? This should be checked out and stopped in an appropriate way.
It sounds like pica, but still why is the child eating coins at all. See a psychologist and a pediatrician.
Dr. Jonathan Nehrer
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: I doubt it

After decades of practice and additional training in learning disabilities, I have never heard of coin ingestion influencing ld.
Most pass thru the body in 3-5 days and the metal involved is not considered toxic. There might be issues with a kid gnawing on lead toys but not coins.

In brief: I doubt it

After decades of practice and additional training in learning disabilities, I have never heard of coin ingestion influencing ld.
Most pass thru the body in 3-5 days and the metal involved is not considered toxic. There might be issues with a kid gnawing on lead toys but not coins.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
2 doctors agree

In brief: PICA

Your child has PICA, eating of non food substances.
The metal in the coins is not likely to cause learning problems, but are lead paint chips or is the child chewing on painted surfaces. If so, then you should have a test for blood lead level and speak to your pediatrician about the PICA.

In brief: PICA

Your child has PICA, eating of non food substances.
The metal in the coins is not likely to cause learning problems, but are lead paint chips or is the child chewing on painted surfaces. If so, then you should have a test for blood lead level and speak to your pediatrician about the PICA.
Dr. William Singer
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