Meena has a problem which involves craving and consuming non-food substances such as dirt, paint, or soap. She was diagnosed with PICA.
Pica is more common among young children than adults, but it is also known to occur during pregnancy. A lack of nutrients may also trigger non-food cravings in some instances.
What is PICA?
Pica is a disorder characterized by the persistent eating of non-food items. It is commonly seen in children, but it can also occur in adults. People with pica may eat items such as dirt, clay, paper, or soap. Pica can be dangerous, as some of these non-food items can cause choking or other injuries, or may contain toxins that can lead to illness.
The exact cause of pica is not known, but it may be related to underlying medical conditions, cultural practices, or a lack of nutrients in the diet. Pica can also occur as a side effect of certain medications or as a symptom of developmental disorders such as autism.
If you or someone you know is struggling with pica, it is important to seek medical attention. The treatment for pica will depend on the underlying cause. In some cases, correcting any nutritional deficiencies or addressing any underlying medical conditions may be sufficient to resolve the problem. In other cases, therapy may be necessary to address any underlying psychological or behavioral issues.
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