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Everything to know about Pica disorder


At times when we consume nonfood items despite trying hard to not consume and when it continues for a month or even longer, it is then termed as Pica disorder.

Before making a diagnosis of pica, the doctor will evaluate the presence of other disorders -- such as intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, or obsessive-compulsive disorder -- as the cause of the odd eating behavior. [2]
- Treatable by medical professionals
- Requires medical diagnosis
- Lab tests may be required
- Treatment is usually long termed

The word pica is derived from the Latin word for magpie, which is a bird that is especially known for its large and indiscriminate appetite. Pica can be seen germinating in people having development related disabilities, like autism and intellectual disabilities, and in children between the ages of 2 and 3. Pica also may get induced in children who've had a brain injury. Problematic for pregnant women and people with epilepsy.


Not self-diagnosable
- Consuming non-food items for a period of at least 1 month or longer despite restricting it.
- The behavior is inappropriate for your child's age
- Religious practices don't call for these kind of behaviors
If any of these symptoms are noticed, the doctor should be consulted immediately to get medical care. If severe symptoms start to appear, medical help should be availed right away.


Self care
If a child is at risk for pica, immediately a doctor should be consulted. Instant medical care must be called for if your child has consumed something dangerous.
Medication is generally prescribed if pica is associated with significant behavioral problems not responding to behavioral treatments.
Psychiatric treatment
A psychiatric evaluation and treatment are done to prevent the pica disorder.
For other kinds, consult a physician or a psychiatrist. At mfine, we will be more than grateful to serve you.

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