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Question: 7 YR OLD DAUGHTER eating rags

 Phinsfan1965 - Sun Sep 30, 2007 1:26 am

Hi, my daughter eats rags, towls things like that.
When she was 3 we were told that her iron is low and was giving her pills for this and got the levels up to normal. she also chews on books.
We thought that her learning abilitys were not right and had her tested we were told that she is in a 3yr old level.she takes speech in school
Is there anything more that we can do for her tests that we can have done is this caused by her low iron?
Any help would be great
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sun Sep 30, 2007 6:35 pm

User avatar Hi Phinsfan1965,

Iron deficiency is a known cause of pica. Pica is when children have a craving for things like dirt, etc.

I would recommend your daughter have her iron levels retested to see where she is at. Also she should have her lead level tested. High lead levels can cause iron deficiency-like anemia and developmental problems.

Having her evaluated by a developmental pediatrician can also be helpful to get a better idea of her delay, such as what specific areas are delayed and if there is a pattern that fits a syndrome, etc.

Best wishes.

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