PICA Treatment – Child Eats non-food items

Children eat non-food or inedible items such as dirt, clay, chalk, paint, crayon, ice, even hair and feces in severe cases. Pica is common in children around the age of 1 to 6 years. The treatment of pica is generally done by behavioral counselling and by treating the deficiencies behind it if present. Book An Appointment with Dr. Nalin Agarwal, the Best pediatric doctor in Noida, by calling us at 8588880662

Hospitalization Required – Not in most cases

Same Day Appointment Available – Yes 

Emergency Treatment – Available  

About Dr Nalin Agarwal - Best Pediatrician in Noida 

Treating infants, children, and adolescents takes a lot of patience, skill, and experience on a doctor’s part. Dr. Nalin Agarwal’s 30 years of experience in the field of pediatrics has made him a natural with children and adolescents alike. After graduating from the prestigious King George Medical College, Lucknow, Dr. Nalin worked at Holy Family hospital and St. Stephen’s hospital in Delhi. The exposure of such hospitals has given him great experience in the field of neonatology and pediatrics, which has helped him become the best child specialist in Noida, India today.

Apart from immunizations/vaccines and medications, Dr. Nalin believes in boosting the overall health of his patients with the right lifestyle and nutrition guidelines. He believes in training the new parents about the challenges of parenthood beforehand to help them make wise choices in the future for their child’s health and wellness. His hands-on training for new parents about feeding, burping, and weaning neonates is just a part of that commitment.

Dr. Nalin specializes in nutritional disorders, respiratory diseases, and febrile illnesses in children and adolescents. He normally deals with patients below 18 years, right from a new-born to an adolescent. With the best-trained staff at Aayushman Medicare Clinic and excellent diagnostic services, Dr. Nalin is running a full-fledged pediatric clinic in Noida for his patients.

The symptoms and treatment of PICA are given below  – 


Symptoms of Pica in children


  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain 
  • Constipation or diarrhoea
  • You often find your kid eating these non-food items


Unmonitored eating (pica) can cause


  • Lead poisoning
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Stomach infections 
  • Injury to the digestive tract


Treatment of Pica in Noida – Eating disorder in kids to eat non-food items


  • Treatment of Pica’s repercussions – The treatment of lead poisoning, ulcers, and even intestinal blockage has to be performed in severe cases. 
  • Monitor your kid while playing indoors and outdoors as well
  • Behavioral therapy is of utmost importance as it helps in making the child understand the reason behind edible and inedible items. 
  • Medications to treat the deficiency of minerals and vitamins 

Call us at 8588880662 to Book an Appointment with Dr Nalin Agarwal.


Question 1. Are there any tests required if my child keeps on eating non-food items?


Answer. Yes, blood tests and chest x-rays are performed to find out the extent of toxins in blood. 


Question 2. What are the reasons behind pica?


Answer. Anemia, mineral and vitamin deficiency and behavioral disorders can be the reason behind pica.  


Question 3. Can I prevent my child from pica?


Answer. You can not. However, giving your child a diet that is rich in iron and zinc makes him/her less likely to have this. Also, pay attention to what your child puts in his/her mouth. 



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