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Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 12:00:00 AM
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Characterized by the consumption of materials such as soil, chalk, and hair, pica is a disorder involving an appetite for non-nutritive substances or an abnormal compulsion to eat foodstuffs that are usually ingredients, such as flour or starch. Such eating behaviors have been observed in people of all ages but are only termed pica if they persist for more than one month in persons deemed developmentally able to determine whether an item is appropriate for consumption. How is pica treated? More...
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Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 2:05:40 AM

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So THAT'S where the name comes from...

Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 1:45:29 PM
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In Spain the word 'Pica' almost always will refer to a pregnant woman's desire for a specific food, such as cherries or grapes, as an example. The usage would be "Ella tiene una pica por cerezas" or "she has a pica for cherries" . Would this be the origen of the word in science?
Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 3:15:55 PM

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In science it is from Pica = Magpie. (urraca?)
Eats anything and everything. Likes taking shiny things.

Genus Pica, Eurasian magpie is Pica pica.

Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 7:12:00 PM

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A multidisciplinary approach involving psychologists, social workers, and physicians is recommended for effective treatment.

No medical treatment is specific for pica. Some evidence suggests that drugs that enhance dopaminergic functioning (eg, olanzapine) may provide treatment alternatives in individuals with pica that is refractory to behavioral intervention.

Currently, behavioral strategies are considered the most effective in the treatment of pica. Such strategies include the following:

Antecedent manipulation
Training in discrimination between edible and nonedible items
Self-protection devices that prohibit placement of objects in the mouth
Sensory reinforcement
Differential reinforcement of other or incompatible behaviors
Additional management measures include the following:

Correction of any nutritional deficiencies that are identified
Consultation with a psychologist or psychiatrist
Consultation with a social worker
Consultation with a dentist
Posted: Thursday, September 8, 2016 1:40:24 PM

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Pica, characterized by a desire to consume substances that are non-nutritive, can affect not only dogs but also cats. They will eat stuff such as wood, tree roots, paper and etc. Usually occurs when puppies and they grow out of it. But, if observed, should check with the vet.
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