The habit of eating objects such as soil, clay, chalk, coal is called as PICA syndrome in medicine. Although the name of PICA syndrome is not known much among the people, people tend to eat these substances due to iron, zinc and calcium deficiency. However, according to experts, this situation does not eliminate the deficiency of any minerals, and it can even cause constipation, parasitic intestines, mercury poisoning and even problems of the sexual desire in adults.
Stating that PICA syndrome is seen in 5-10 percent of children, Yeditepe University Koşuyolu Hospital, Pediatric Hematology Specialist Doctor Çetin Timur said that PICA syndrome can cause severe neurological disorders.
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