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tickalert
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My 6 year old niece who spends a great deal of time with me was recetly diagnosed with lyme.

Her case seems some what mild. Regardless, she is in treatment and doing quite well.

She has gi problems which we always thought was a lyme symptom.

I've noticed this child will take toilet paper and suck on it.

I'm very concered as to what this might do to her GI track. She seems to have a problem with parasites also. Her LLMD attributes that to her out of country travel.

I've mentioned this to my sister but she doesn't seem to concered. Could this be contributing to her parasite issue? Obviously this would have to affect her gi problems.

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alert,

i'd edit subject line to

niece is sucking on toilet paper; feedback needed


best wishes on finding out results on this strange behavior [Smile] xoxox

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Geneal
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Does she try to ingest other non-edible items?

Pica?

Google it and let me know what you think.

Hugs,

Geneal

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Yes, I was thinking pica too, Geneal. It also might be related to the GI issues, as sometimes the stomach just feels better when something's in it.

You might try giving her something that she likes but will take a long time to work on, like a piece of ice on a popsicle stick, or a stalk of celery.

Hope she continues to feel better,

Shaz

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As others have suggested, I would definitely consider pica.

This disorder is most often found in pregnant women, the very young, and the developmentally disabled.

It can be a sign of OCD, iron deficiency anemia, or a mineral deficiency.

Your sister should bring this up with your niece's doctor if this persists.

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My daughter chews on things when her belly aches. So, they could be related. I think it is like a stress reliever.
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This reminded me of an episode on Tyra Banks of a woman who would eat toilet paper, sometimes more than one roll a day.

Sorry I don't have anything better to offer about suggestions/information.

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We had a child in area a few years back lost part

of her bowels because she ate her hair all the

time. It bound her and almost killed her. It is not

just a nuisance. But she did quit eating her hair.

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Definitely sounds like pica. I've never heard of such a thing.

I will definitely show this topic to my sister who is very unconcerned in regards to this issue.

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