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Chews and sucks battery. Chew-able vitamins minimal help. Visit doctor?

my child (almost 2 year old) keeps seeking out batteries and chewing or sucking on them he is making little dents but not breaking through. i thought that it was he wasnt getting enough vitimins so i started giving him the chewable ones its stoped it a little but he is still doing it. should i bring this us with his DR and get stronger vitimins or is it ok ( I stop it everytime i see it)
Asked On : Sat, 30 Jun 2012
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Feb 2013

Thank you for your query on Healthcare Magic.

Eating non edible and non nutritive thing is called Pica.

Although the tasting or mouthing objects is normal in infants and toddlers, pica after 2 years of life needs investigation.

But pica needs evaluation for lack of parenta nurturing including psychological and nutritional.

But keeping batteries in mouth is very dangerous as it may lead to corrosive injuries of food pipe due to alkali and lead toxication.

Screening should be done for lead intoxication, iron deficiency anemia, and parasitic infestation and they should be treated accordingly if they present.

So I advise you to consult the Pediatrician for the examination of deficiencies and screening for associated complications.

And keep batteires, medicines, chemicals out of reach of the child.

Answered: Fri, 5 Apr 2013
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