Pica type of ‘nonfood’ articles eaten by Ajmer children and their significance

The significance of type of material eaten by 180 cases of pica was studied in relation to socio-economic environment and nutritional deficiencies

Pratibha Singhi; Sunit Singhi

2007

Scholarcy highlights

  • The significance of type of material eaten by 180 cases of pica was studied in relation to socio-economic environment and nutritional deficiencies
  • Geophagy was the commonest form of pica, followed by eating of wall plaster. coal and chalk or slate-pencil
  • The choice of material eaten is probably related to the low socio-economic status and poor living conditions of these children
  • Significant association was seen between eating of calcium containing articles and clinical evidence of rickets but findings in relation to other nutritional deficiencies iron deficiency do not support the view that pica is a need based behaviour

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