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Elliedue
Elliedue asks:
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My almost 5 year old daughter is a chewer! She chews everything cloths, hair, plastic you name she chews it. I can't stand it it drives me crazy!Help

In Topics: Physical Health
> 60 days ago

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Wayne Yankus
Mar 16, 2011
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What the Expert Says:

Children her age who chew non food items have pica which is a term used in medicine. first thing to do is see her pediatrician and have her tested for lead.  That element is often high in chewers and will effect learning.  Second, have your pediatrician suggest a behavioral therapist to extinguish the behavior since it is dangerous to her health.  Take action.

Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics
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