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My child is 5yrs old and sometimes eats books and toilet

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My child is 5yrs old and sometimes eats books and toilet paper. We are wondering if it is just a phase but it has been going on for 18mths.
JA: Do you keep personal medical records to help track this?
Customer: No
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the Doctor should know?
Customer: No this is the only issue

Thanks for your query

Your child has a condition called Pica

This can sometimes be due to vitamin or iron deficiency and is similar to the cravings in pregnancy

I'll recommend blood tests to check this

https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/learn/by-eating-disorder/other/pica

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
Thanks Anthony, how would I know if it is not anything more severe and linked to mental health issues such as autism

Well, if the blood tests come back as nromal and all nutritional defiiencies are corrected yet still ongoing, then that has to be considered.

Anthony Osula and 3 other Medical Specialists are ready to help you

Hi, a call is not necessary for this

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
ok thanks Anthony
Customer: replied 14 days ago.
I assume the money will be refunded

yes cos the payment did not go through, otherwise you can always speak to support

But in terms of pica, he needs blood tests first

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
Thank you have a good evening

No worries, all the best