has anyone had experience with pica??

Sal - posted on 05/31/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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my 3 yr old has been a challanging child since she was about 6 months old, she was diognosed with allergic collitis about 18 months ago and we have had varying degrees of dairy free diet from complete exclusion for 6 months to cooked dairy and yoghurt (but no milk cheese, icecream,etc) she has been pretty cranky and difficult latley and the drs while running a raft of other test suggested going back to complete dairy exclusion, while all this has been going on i have noticed that she is eating flour, just straight from the jar when i have it out or even licking it off the bench while i am cooking, it was just an annoying habbit i thought at frst, then i noticed that there is often flour on the floor of the pantry that i can't explain so i think she is sneaking in and gabbing a handful occationally, a freind has that it might be pica, has anyone had any experience with pica, and any suggestions,

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I don't have any experience with pica in children, however it has been suggested that pica-like cravings in pregnancy is linked to mineral deficiency. Flour is often fortified with minerals and vitamins, could it be possible that your daughter is deficient in something present in the flour and she is craving it as a result? Just a suggestion, may be completely off but thought I'd throw it in there, especially as you say she has been cranky and difficult lately (something else often linked to a vitamin or mineral deficiency).

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Stifler's - posted on 06/01/2011

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when i was a kid... i used to sneak custard powder. seriously. i would fill a small tupperware thingy up with it and sit there eating it while my mum wasn't inside. i'm not sure when i stopped doing it i think it was just a fad like maybe she likes the bland taste or something.

Sal - posted on 05/31/2011

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yeah thats sort of what i am thinknig too, i have heard the non fod too and thought it was that but the site i found mentioned all the dirt etc but also corn startch and baking soda so it might just go there with the flour as well, one of the deficienies it mentioned was calcium and being dairy free it is possible she is low in calcuim

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That doesn't sound like pica to me. I would suggest that you consult a doctor to be sure though. Pica is a pattern of eating non-food materials (such as dirt or paper). Symptoms: Children and adults with pica may eat: Animal feces; Clay; Dirt; Hairballs; Ice; Paint; Sand.

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