Pica Disorder: Often you have seen small children eating dirt and maybe your child eats dirt from the walls of the house or from the garden. Many people laugh it off as naive. If this happens then you need to be careful as it is not childish but a sign of illness that your child is struggling with.
This disease is known as PICA. If you see your child eating clay, paint, plaster, chalk, cornstarch, soap or other similar substances, you need to consult your doctor immediately.
The disease affects 10 to 20 percent of children
Pica disorder is a fairly common problem in children. According to one study, 10 to 20 percent of children suffer from some form of pica disorder at some point. They suffer from this disease till they reach puberty. According to some studies, this disease is seen not only in children but also in some adults.
According to the American website pediatriconcall.com, the habit of eating mud, chook or similar things is quite common among children aged 1 to 7 years. According to the website, sometimes parents make their children angry because of this habit and some even go as far as to kill them. However, they should consult a doctor instead of doing so.
If children have a habit of eating dirt, due to this they may also suffer from a disease called autism. According to the US’s National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a child eats soil until it is satisfied that its stomach is full.
Iron and zinc deficiency in children
According to NCBI, daily activities of children are affected due to pica. If you are seeing symptoms of pica in your child, you should immediately start giving your child iron deficiency medications.
Also tell the children what to eat and what to stay away from. It is very important to tell them which things will benefit them and which things can harm them. Zinc deficiency can also be a cause of pica in children.
There is no cure for the disease
There is no cure for pica. Experts say you should consult your nutritionist for this disorder. A change in the eating habits of children can cure this disorder. If the advice of a nutrikine does not seem right, you can consult a psychologist. Counseling, counseling, behavioral therapy and psychiatric counseling are also sought by some people.
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