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Pica problem - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Child Health
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Doctor :   HI
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   Hi doctor
User :   the problem is with my 15 yr old daughter
Doctor :   k pl proceed wd the details
User :   she has developed this strange habit of eating chalk
Doctor :   k
Doctor :   since how long ?
User :   I found out only last week, but she has been eating chalk for the last 4 months
Doctor :   k
Doctor :   do she take other things besides chalk
User :   am afraid of the harm it would have done to her already
Doctor :   like wall paint
Doctor :   like pencils
User :   no, am not sure...maybe i need to sit with her & discuss in detail
User :   she wouldnt disclose easily
Doctor :   k
Doctor :   k
Doctor :   what about her appetite?
Doctor :   is it reduced
User :   i do remember seeing her put pencil in her mouth while doing her homework
User :   appetite was always lesser than normal
User :   i havent seen any major change
Doctor :   whether she had any investigations?
Doctor :   like blood+urine
User :   investigations like?
User :   no..not recently
Doctor :   k
Doctor :   any medication
User :   what is the problem doctor?
User :   none
Doctor :   taken recently
Doctor :   well in medical terms
Doctor :   its called Pica
User :   oh my it dangerous?
Doctor :   which can be because of many reasons
Doctor :   its not dangerous
Doctor :   nothing to worry for
Doctor :   one of the commonest reason is: Doctor :   worm infestation
User :   oh ok
Doctor :   which should be asceratined by
Doctor :   blood+stool examination
Doctor :   can be conducted in any lab
User :   ok...normal test?
Doctor :   was deworming done
Doctor :   in the last 3 months
User :   no, not in the last 3 months
Doctor :   k
Doctor :   whether she has any skin probs?
Doctor :   like ithing
User :   normal pimples as a teenager
Doctor :   on the face
Doctor :   what about her periods?
Doctor :   r they regular/irreular
User :   they are regular, but painful
Doctor :   k
Doctor :   what we suggest is
Doctor :   go for the CBC
Doctor :   complete blood count
User :   ok
User :   then?
Doctor :   urine analysis
Doctor :   & stoll
User :   ok
Doctor :   stool
Doctor :   examination
Doctor :   done
Doctor :   in the mean time
Doctor :   ask her to avoid outside food
Doctor :   take boiled water
User :   ok, whom should i show the reports to?
Doctor :   u can either mail the reports to us
Doctor :   or u can consult any GP
User :   ok, i will mail it to you
Doctor :   sure
User :   is there a general email?
Doctor :   pl mail it to
Doctor :   YYYY@YYYY
Doctor :   pl confirm ur mail id
User :   ok & you would respond or would i have to explain the problem again
User :   YYYY@YYYY
User :   yes
Doctor :   k
Doctor :   will mail the reply at the above id of urs
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User :   yes
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