Pica means an eating disorder where a person eats things that are not usually considered food. Young children put non-food items such as toys or grass in their mouths because they might get curious about the world around them. But kids with pica eat those things that can lead to health problems.

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Please suggest tips to quit my habit of eating raw rice and reduce my weight.

Query: Hi doctor,I am asking for my daughter. She is a 13-year-old female and just turned 13 last month. She is very addicted to eating raw rice. She is having this problem since very small and have tried several methods and searched online that she has PICA disorder. I have done many things like substitut...  Read Full »

Dr. Dwipannita Kalita

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for consulting at icliniq. Since she already knows that she has Pica, and has weight problems because of eating raw rice, this disorder is usually due to iron deficiency anemia. Of course, raw rice has more calories which are leading to weight gain, and al...  Read Full »

How to manage tooth wear due to pica?

Query: Hi doctor, My tooth enamel has worn down a lot in the last few years due to consumption of non-food items. I have heavy wear on my tooth with sensitivity. I have a lot of chips. I need expert advice. What are the procedures that can be done? Every dentist tells me to brush my teeth more and reduc...  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. PICA is a disorder where people eat non-food items with no nutritional value compulsively. For example, they can eat ice (pagophagia), hair (trichophagia), metal (metallophagia), soil (geophagia). Kindly mention more specifically about the things you eat. Kindly upl...  Read Full »

Why do I hear whooshing blood flow sound in sync with heartbeat in my ears and head?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 25-year-old male who is an athlete, never smoked or used any drugs or alcohol. No medical history. For the past year, I have been experiencing pulsatile tinnitus (a whooshing blood flow sound in sync with my heartbeat, in my ears, or head). It is also accompanied by chronic migrai...  Read Full »

Dr. K. Murali

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The findings you have described do not usually cause any problems you have now: Vertebral artery ending as PICA (posterior cerebellar artery syndrome) is a normal variant. Developmental venous anomaly is also asymptomatic. If there is an associated cavernoma in the sa...  Read Full »

Why does my son crave for cement and not food?

Query: Hello doctor, My 9-year-old son has less diet than his peers since the age of 5 years. After regular deworming, he still craves to eat cement and tastes it. 10 months back, he was found anemic and was treated for the same. Now for the last five to six months, his stomach has come out (bloated) and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Hardika Kothari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per the age of your child, his weight and height are fine. There is no stunning or wasting indicating any malnutrition. Height of both parents would help in the assessment of his growth potential. Kindly mention the height of mother and father also. You have m...  Read Full »

Can raw rice addiction result in low hemoglobin?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from low hemoglobin levels. I have attached my laboratory test report. I have a habit of eating raw rice, which I am suspecting as the reason for this low count. Kindly have a look and prescribe medicines to increase my hemoglobin levels. I am currently taking Orofer XT one...  Read Full »

Dr. Chaithanya. R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I do not think that the raw rice is causing this problem, but you are anemic. You can continue Orofer XT at daily one tablet for three months without missing.¬†Stop taking raw rice. I suggest Albendazole 400 mg one tablet a day as this can kill any worms. Consult your ...  Read Full »

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