eating unedible things

Sheryl - posted on 12/21/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Well my soon to be 3 yr old has had many challenges in his short life he has broncialmalasia and asthma, speech and developmental delays. We see a speech and devp. therapist as well as numerous docs they are currently testing him for autism. we have had blood work done and seen a nutrisionist but we can't quiet explain why he like to eat things like sticks, dirt and rocks. He still loves to put every thing in his mouth and he now will eat cardboard, tape, and even staples he will pull them right out of the wall. His doc and therapist and I are trying to come up with a game plan but I was wondering is there anyone out there that is dealing with the same stuff if so what do u do?

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Patricia - posted on 01/03/2010

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All the time, everything goes in the mouth. AND i mean EVERYTHING....it is a sensory issue. if they can not say or touch with boht hands here comes the tongue and the tasting and feeling with a tongue. we are still fighting this. Our daughter is 2 and i am constantly checking her mouth. new places and so on make me crazy. constantly watching and saying no and pulling things away

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Sheryl - posted on 01/21/2010

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lol yeah he likes to brush his teeth and always is asking i figure it is good that he brushes them like 6 times a day!

Iridescent - posted on 01/21/2010

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I have a child with autism that used to do this quite a bit, now not nearly so much, and another that currently does this a lot although we don't think he is autistic. We do know that both have SPD (sensory processing disorders) and it's causing this. Our oldest was perfectly willing to eat sand, dirt, etc, but had failure to thrive because he was so unwilling to eat food! We had blood tests, hormone tests, etc all done, and it was simply a sensory issue. It's best to get OT working with him as soon as you can, and have them do oral therapy and supply you with the items so you can as well. The NUK kit is exceptionally useful if they have access to it (they are no longer made), but things like infant and child toothbrushes also can help in place of it. The disorder causes a need for oral stimulation and training.

Danette - posted on 01/03/2010

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Hi! my daughter is 6 years old. she ha significant developmental delayes,seizures, pervasive development disorder, cebral palsey, sever sleep issues and behavioral problems and so on and so on. to much to cont. to list. At birth she suffered a stroke which created a snowball effect of many other issues to come. She has complex partial seizures which are controlled currently by lamictal. we still see alot of muscle spasming which we told by neuro that it normal for even typically developing child to have. they are very disturbing to watch for a person who doesnt understand what she has gone through and continues to go through. Anyways she also mouths, chews and swallows jsut about anything that she can if i dont catch it in time. She is not have anemia but i do! it sounds like most of you have shildren that are still of the chronological age four and younger! does anyone have achild with my simialr circumstances: sleep issues, behavioral outbursts, tactile issues with food, loss of memory in learning particular things like words then one day cannot even attempt to say them? i could go on but im hoping i can get some feed back from any of you!

Sheryl - posted on 01/03/2010

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Yep that what I am always doing mine is almost 3 though and is getting worse as he gets older we go back to the doc on feb 8th maybe i will have answers

Cindy - posted on 01/03/2010

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My 10 yo son has autism and has the same problem. He eats everything that he shouldn't and nothing he should. I've asked every doctor that we have come in contact with and no one can give me any real answers. He has had blood tests and even seen a neurologist this last time but nothing has helped. I would be interested if anyone has any info.

Sheryl - posted on 01/03/2010

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Yeah we can't leave him alone for even a sec but he is fast he sees things on the floor before we can and gets it and he pops it in his mouth. The harder things he doesn't always swallow it he just chews on it forever or maybe we catch him before he has a chance to swallow not sure. We keep tabs on his blood and he doesn't have an iron def. we also keep an eye on his iron. I wish i could get him to eat better but he would rather starve then to eat what he should. I mean that litterally he went 3 days with nothing but liquid cause he didn't want anything i made. Sometimes it could be his favorite food he is just weird like that he sees a devlopmental ped. and maybe our next visit will we can get some better answers.

Heather - posted on 12/31/2009

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PICA is described as "an urge to ingest non- food items"- (clay, coal, soil, chalk, paper, soap, etc.) or an abnormal appetite for some things that may be considered foods, such as food ingredients (e.g., flour, raw potato, raw rice, starch, ice cubes, salt)- and it can be a sign of an iron deficiency. It is also seen in people with developmental disabilities, and OCD. (I have had some issues with PICA myself in the past- as odd as it may sound, a person with PICA does actually crave the taste of certain non- food items- even now, after it rains, the smell of wet dirt makes my mouth water.)

I assume your son is taking a multivitamin, and that he is eating a healthy diet- perhaps for now, until this is figured out, you might just do your best to make sure that there are no dangerous materials that he might try to ingest in his immediate environment (no staples in the walls, etc.) and just keep a close eye on him, so he doesn't accidentally swallow something that might hurt him. (Which I am sure you already do) ;)

I wish I had a better solution to share with you- hopefully this will pass with time. You and your son are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish you both the best of luck! ♥♥

Melissa - posted on 12/23/2009

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I have no idea, but have just joined this group as i am a little worried about my 3 year old who eats a lot of strange things too. He eats blu-tac, plastic, stickers rocks and always puts things in his mouth at the shops. I have no idfea what to do with him, i took him to the child health nurse ans she gave me a work book to complete activities with him and he did quite well. But now he seems to be going backwards with speech and toiletting. I hope you get some answers soon!

Sheryl - posted on 12/22/2009

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yeah he likes to lick everything too I hope we get answers soon also its getting harder as he gets older!

Angela - posted on 12/22/2009

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Sounds like pregnant women who get PICA. Well my 8 yo son has TS, ADHD, OCD, ODD, & SPD (crazy long list) anyways, as a result of the OCD he has urges to lick, not eat very odd things especially metal. There are so many possibilities. I hope you find out soon. Sounds like it could be very dangerous. My son has a thing about licking spoons and the clothes racks in stores (can you say germs...eeeewwww) Good luck

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