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    Default DD puts EVERYTHING in her mouth

    And i mean EVERYTHING.

    It is getting to be really serious now, I had her teacher call me this afternoon as it is causing them such a huge concern that she is now on the High Risk Safety list at the school because they are scared she is going to make herself sick or choke.

    When i say everything, maybe i should list just some of the things i have caught her eating. Before i do that, i should also mention (and the teacher mentioned this to) that she is a very bright child and knows it is wrong and will go behind our backs and is very sneaky when it comes to this.

    Here goes, lip balm, sunscreen, soap, washing powder, deoderant stick, windex, ajax all purpose cleaner, textas, glue, aftershave - just to name a few. It doesnt stop there though, anything that is small enough to go into her mouth goes in, from plastic to rocks to seeds off trees to hair ties - this list is endless.

    She knows its wrong, she knows she could choke and get sick. BUT SHE DOES IT ANYWAY!!!!

    Since she has always done this, at home, we have basically got the house in lock down, she has been at her child care centre since she was 6 months old and they know to be careful with her. She is constantly being asked whats in her mouth, breath being smelled, remove the object and then asked why she did it, does she know its wrong etc.

    It seems to be getting worse and the fact that the school has noticed it has made me feel sick and I need to stop this behaviour - but how?????

    Please, any suggestions would be great, i am desperate.

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    Sounds like pica. No suggestions unfortunately but I know when I was 12 & iron deficient I loved chewing on & eating rubber and paper.

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    I don't know what they are called exactly.. but could you get her one of those necklaces or bracelets that have the bit that can be chewed on them? I have heard they can be good for tactile kids!

    Like this: http://www.jellystonedesigns.com/index.php/faq

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    What is PICA? Sorry if that is a dumb question.

    Thank you for the link, i am going to order one now.

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    There might be even better ones, that was just one of the first things that came up in google under 'sensory necklace'

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    There might be even better ones, that was just one of the first things that came up in google under 'sensory necklace'
    Yeah, i am googling now! I am guessing i am going to need something pretty durable.

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    Yeah, it does sound like Pica. I will pm you some info. You really need to take her to a doctor.

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    Definitely sounds like Pica to me, my DD had pica and ate things you wouldn't dream of, including some things you mentioned in your daughter's list.

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    I have asked 2 seperate doctors about this in the past, both of them have said it is just a phase. I have made an appointment for saturday and i want to get some answers but i dont know what i should ask them so they take me seriously and not just tell me its a phase?

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    By school age your daughter should have outgrown the mouthing stage. I would look at getting blood tests for deficiencies/talking to the dr about it and maybe looking at a referral to a paed.

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