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RyJae
08-10-2005, 11:07 PM
She is two years old and recently started this wierd thing. Where there is a corner with no trim she always tries (and sometimes gets a bit) to eat the drywall. And I would of thought it was just testing her chompers, until I saw this thread (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=329394).
Since she is scheduled for a check-up next Tuesday is it something I should ask the doctor about?
Won't be a problem regardless as I will have the trim up this weekend. But still that "pica" that was discussed in that other thread grabbed my attention.

ultrafilter
08-10-2005, 11:35 PM
Is there any reason not to ask the doctor about it?

Uvula Donor
08-10-2005, 11:40 PM
Actually, I don't think I would wait until next Tuesday. Why don't you call the kid's doctor in the morning tomorrow and get some advice. Seriously.

Dr_Paprika
08-10-2005, 11:50 PM
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=2333694&dopt=Abstract

Lots of kids eat paste, for example. This may be a sign of anemia, a family tradition of eating indigestibles or just a phase.

I'm not sure what your general question is.

RyJae
08-10-2005, 11:58 PM
Is there any reason not to ask the doctor about it?

To be completely honest I did not think much of it, as my son would bite the corner of the coffee tables, his crib etc. So I just assumed it was something normal.

Actually, I don't think I would wait until next Tuesday. Why don't you call the kid's doctor in the morning tomorrow and get some advice. Seriously.

I will do just that, after reading more about it thanks to Dr_Paprika and other Googled information I am more concerned then I was previously.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/...4&dopt=Abstract

Lots of kids eat paste, for example. This may be a sign of anemia, a family tradition of eating indigestibles or just a phase.

I'm not sure what your general question is.

My general question is, should it be something I should be concerned about. And the general consensus is yes. Which I thank you for. To be frank, I thought it was just a normal "quirk" .