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My 5 yr old has pdd-nos and pica. Her wt is normal for her age + ht. She wants to eat all the time! every 40-50 minutes she asks to eat. Is this normal?

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Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD & Autism

In brief: Not uncommon.

This behavior can be sensory seeking and not completely related to true hunger. If she puts other things like paper in her mouth or wants to chew on ice this is less likely related to hunger and iron deficiency should be evaluated.
If she consumes manly carbohydrates there may be a problem with glucose regulation and she may actually be hungry. See your doctor for a complete evaluation.

In brief: Not uncommon.

This behavior can be sensory seeking and not completely related to true hunger. If she puts other things like paper in her mouth or wants to chew on ice this is less likely related to hunger and iron deficiency should be evaluated.
If she consumes manly carbohydrates there may be a problem with glucose regulation and she may actually be hungry. See your doctor for a complete evaluation.
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