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Can chewing on ice chips cause anemia?
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Dr. Scott Diede
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
In brief: No.
Chewing ice chips can be a sign of being anemic (known as pica).
It does not cause anemia. People with severe pica can be drawn to ingesting nonfood items such as clay, chalk, dirt, or sand. There are many people who chew ice and are not anemic. If you start chewing on chalk, however, go get a complete blood count.

In brief: No.
Chewing ice chips can be a sign of being anemic (known as pica).
It does not cause anemia. People with severe pica can be drawn to ingesting nonfood items such as clay, chalk, dirt, or sand. There are many people who chew ice and are not anemic. If you start chewing on chalk, however, go get a complete blood count.
Dr. Scott Diede
Dr. Scott Diede
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Dr. Jason Black
Internal Medicine
In brief: No
There is an old wive's tale that chewing ice is a sign that someone may be anemic.
But there is no way that chewing ice can actually cause anemia.

In brief: No
There is an old wive's tale that chewing ice is a sign that someone may be anemic.
But there is no way that chewing ice can actually cause anemia.
Dr. Jason Black
Dr. Jason Black
Thank
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