Like most kids, Jared started chewing on things at a young age. Unlike most kids, Jared never stopped.
My sister-in-law is a teacher and after I showed her some of the things Jared has chewed up, she suggested that I talk to his teacher and see if she would allow Jared to chew gum during class.
I thought I would speak with our pediatrician first. It certainly helps to be able to say, "I spoke with our pediatrician and..." At the appointment, I explained what was happening and Dr. Jackson agreed that it would be a great idea to have Jared chew gum in school. He said, "I would be happy to write something if I need to."
Because Pica is generally a nutrient deficiency, Dr. Jackson wanted to get some blood work done on Jared. (Jared doesn't eat the more disgusting items on the list, just some abnormal things.) I took Jared in to have his blood drawn and then just waited for the doctor to call us back. I wasn't really expecting anything to be wrong. I had figured it was mainly due to his anxiety.
Yesterday I got a phone call that said Jared is low in iron. He has been put on some iron drops for 30 days and we will go from there.
Jared is happy because his doctor still thinks it would be helpful for him to chew gum in class.
It is hard to know. I keep thinking, "I should have had him checked earlier. Think about all the emotional arguments we have had over him eating nonfood items."
Sometimes being a mom is a tough job.