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Why children eat dirt? Should we stop them doing it or it gets stopped naturally?

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Asked by ankit shivam, 18 Jun '12 12:26 pm
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Most kids will eat dirt until they figure out that it's not such a great taste treat. However, between 10% and 30% of children between the ages of 1 and 6 may have an eating disorder known as pica. Characterized by a compulsion to eat soil, clay, sand and other nonfood items, pica usually occurs among the developmentally disabled, such as people with autism, other mental impairments or those who have suffered a brain injury. It is most likely to appear in children between the ages of 2 and 3. There is sometimes a link between pica cravings and deficiency in nutrients such as iron and zinc, so if your child exhibits this behavior, tell your pediatrician.
Answered by Rajni Sharma, 18 Jun '12 12:32 pm

 
  
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We must stop them.
Answered by Vijai Sharma, 18 Jun '12 01:12 pm

 
  
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Yes
Answered by sameer, 18 Jun '12 12:56 pm

 
  
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Give them calcium tablets twice a day. slowly this dirty habit will go away on its own
Answered by rajan, 18 Jun '12 12:36 pm

 
  
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Infants learn to explore through mouthing....hence it will go after a stage.....but if older children r eating...its called pica....some related to psychology...some due defeciency...especially calcium...n some due to worms
Answered by True Friend, 18 Jun '12 12:29 pm

 
  
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Stop sternly.
Answered by ts, 18 Jun '12 12:28 pm

 
  
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When .....small kids are teething they have ichhing gums
so they est what ever they find on the floor

small kids of 5-6 eat dirt due to lack of iron in blood and alco calcium defecianecy
Answered by anushka desai, 18 Jun '12 12:28 pm

 
  
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