Lead is one dangerous substance, however, that your child can consume without your knowledge." The Handbook of Clinical Child Psychologycurrently estimates that prevalence rates of pica range from 4%-26% among institutionalized populations. Lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust in older buildings are the most common sources of lead poisoning in children. It causes almost 10% of intellectual disability of otherwise unknown cause and can result in behavioral problems. He also chews on... my 5.6 year old son always keeps his one finger in mouth and always plays with saliva. Lead can enter the human body mainly through breathing in or swallowing materials contaminated with lead.Lead used to be added to paint and petrol. Lead poisoning occurs when lead builds up in the body, often over months or years. Finding out the triggers would help. They make a bad tasting liquid to put on children's thumbs to keep them from sucking it, try that. My son has been chewing on this since I can remember! by smurf » Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:25 pm, Post Why is my 7 year old Son Chewing on Dangerous Objects? This is the second time this has happen... what ever happened with your son and pencil biting? If you are really concerned call poison control 1-800-222-1222. Beef is the best source of nutrition. Just wondering if I should buy him a teething toy for home....any ideas??? Do you think our son has underlying anxiety? He eats paper, plastic, rubber, crayons, glue, lotion, chapstick, etc. The so-called "lead" in a pencil actually is harmless graphite, and there is no lead in the paint coating the outside. Subscribe to MedHelp's free newsletter for Community Support, Experience, and Guidance. Craving chewing can be a sign of iron deficiency. 5. ... are there any side effects if a child swallows a thin piece of automatic pencil lead? The term “lead pencil” stems from Roman times but in fact graphite (non-toxic) replaced lead … We answer your top questions about the flu vaccine. Its not about anxiety its because it is something to occupy me as i am thinking about homework, Actually, chewing on a pencil is not a good idea. Our school gives cut straws or coffee stirrers for this purpose as well. 0 thank. did not know i could by something to help  gonna try that. Just curious. really appreciate it. He has also chewed on books, sleeves, shirts colars, knees of his pants, at first we thought he was teething. (Therapyshoppe is a source I've used). A 504 plan can allow a child to have a piece of gum instead or other chewing items that are more appropriate for he school setting. There might even be a bit of a dark spot from the graphite underneath the skin. It may be that their adult teeth are cutting through. When lead gets in the body, it can travel and cause harm wherever it ends up. “Elegant Ecology”. A healthy body is most important for any child or adult. My son craves oral input to calm himself when nervous and upset. Specialmom has real good point about the anxiety. However, it could also be a sign of decay, or infection. What I'd suggest is to look for specific times he is doing this and what is going on. 1. Thanks cmm for taking the effort to type out the quotes. Modern pencils don't contain lead anymore -- they contain graphite -- a pure carbon that, while messy, is harmless in the amount contained in a pencil. Although you don't have to worry about lead poisoning from pencils, anything this size could become a choking hazard if a young child tries to swallow it. Troy Madsen settles your childhood fears about pencil-related injuries. pencil chewing by: Anonymous I attended a Diana Henry OT workshop and in her toolkit store she sold normal yellow number 2 pencils with clear stiff tubing stuck on the end over the eraser that extended 3-4 inches for students to chew on. What we all have in common--- we all have pencil lead in our bodies from child hood. Our school uses coffee stirrers or cut straws. Nearly 7 year old, bites pencil in class etc.. Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGD, FICCMO, Autism and the MMR Vaccine: Addressing Parents’ Concerns, Questions Breastfeeding Moms Ask About OTC Medicines. In general, chewing on pencils is greatly discouraged and considered something they call parents about when a child does this. Maybe something bad tasting on the pencils will stop it. There are online shops that sell items----------  rubber T's and P's are common either smooth or textured. First,  a child won't get lead poisoning from eating pencils - they're graphite,  not lead. By using this Site you agree to the following, By using this Site you agree to the following. Some kids develop pica as a symptom of emotional distress. There are other possibilities for the manifestation of pica in children. Research among non-institutionalized populations takes the form of individual case studies, making prevalence rates difficult to estimate. Splinters in the mouth and other issues make it a bad choice of something to chew on. Even small amounts of lead can cause serious health problems. The girl with a bizarre urge to eat inedible objects: Teenager has consumed hand sanitiser, paper towels and was rushed to hospital with LEAD POISONING after craving pens and pencils Children eating painted plaster containing lead may suffer brain damage from lead poisoning. Pencils are made with graphite now, so there isn't a concern over lead poisoning. Learn which over-the-counter medicines are safe for you and your baby, Yummy eats that will keep your child healthy and happy, Healing home remedies for common ailments, The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. The problem we both have is that she has kept everything he has chewed on and there is enough pencils to last more then a school year! we tried many option but he is not forgetting; suggest what best to do. my seven year old chews on pencils his teacher is constantly sending home notes about chewing even sent home pencils. There is virtually nothing that you can do at home (at this age) to stop the chewing. They make all kinds of little tools as well--------  some slip right on the end of a pencil to chew on (some even vibrate). “Eating lots of cornstarch, paint chips or twigs can lead to health problems such as obesity, poisoning or teeth damage, respectively. Yes, I'd go ahead and invest in some other items for him to try. The blood test for lead and anemia will help you to begin to narrow down the cause of eating paper and plastic and such. sir i am 22 and recently i have developed this habit of eating pencil lead.now it is so pronounced that i end up eating 2-3 sticks of pencil lead. its like developing a tolerance... View answer. A 504 plan can allow a child to have a piece of gum instead or other chewing items that are more appropriate for he school setting. Pica is an eating disorder typically defined as the persistent ingestion of nonnutritive substances for at least 1 month at an age for which this behavior is developmentally inappropriate. As far as the pencil lead" is concerned, it's not really lead. Yes, you definitely want to find something to replace his chewing. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. Avoids putting their lips on forks and spoo… You'll see a calmer and focused mind as well. by smurf » Tue Mar 03, 2009 11:56 pm, Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Limited. As you now know from personal experience, children swallow all sorts of things that aren't food. Sometimes, children will place a piece of a pencil in their nose. 2 doctors agree. I have an approx. A... My 9-year old son is going through a very difficult time. I've got a friend that has a worry stone - a very small piece of rock that just fits his thumb size which he always carries around to rub. In one way or another, you find yourself punctured with a freshly sharpened No. pencil eraser sized lumped on my right tonsil that is flesh colored and in which I can see the veins in. Shocking moment 10-year-old boy has his stomach pumped after bullies forced him to eat PENCIL LEAD. At very high levels, lead poisoning can be fatal. Infants may become irritable. The child, from Daqing, China, had been bullied by two older schoolmates Lead poisoning is a type of metal poisoning caused by lead in the body. 2 pencil. good luck. So, getting stabbed with a bit of pencil lead, or swallowing some, is not going to give you lead poisoning. Know any adults that often chew gum? Well, by the time he is your son's age, he is most likely chewing to soothe himself. My son has just started doing the same thing, Hi. MedHelp is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. The person may choke while swallowing the pencil. Same thing-----------  they like it not just because it tastes good but because of the action of chewing. Watch for these things later on as you will want to help him if it escalates. Other sources include contaminated air, water and soil. Does he get easily upset and have a difficult time calming down? If this is suspected, the child should have a check up with their dentist. In some cases, the child may have problems with their teeth. The good news is that crayons are usually non-toxic, which means that the only outcome your child will experience is most likely rainbow-colored bowel movements. If your child struggles with eating certain foods at family gatherings or tends to gag when eating, it could be a sign of oral sensitivities that their sensory receptors are sensitive to different textures. Of course, there would still be a hole in you from the stabbing, and swallowing bits of wood and other foreign material is a choking hazard, as well as a threat to your digestion. This can cause symptoms such as nose pain and drainage, and breathing problems. My son chews his shirt sleeves if he is nervous, bored or upset. Fearing autism, many parents aren't vaccinating their kids. "Contrary to popular belief, lead poisoning is not caused by chewing on a pencil or being stabbed with its point. 0. It sounds like your son is feeling well and has had no symptoms from his incident with the pencil (which is wonderful), but it is probably best to take him to his pediatrician to make sure that no additional testing or follow-up is needed. Lead poisoning happens when too much lead gets into the body through the skin or from breathing, eating, or drinking. This can cause symptoms such as repeated coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, or rapid breathing. Oh, and don't worry about lead poisoning, pencils have graphite in them, not lead. In some cases, the child may have problems with their teeth. Send thanks to the doctor. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Some people do need oral soothing in order to focus. Dr. Patrick Hieber answered. However, lead is still used in lead-acid batteries and some ceramic glazes. Symptoms may include abdominal pain, constipation, headaches, irritability, memory problems, inability to have children, and tingling in the hands and feet. Thanks, MR. my son it 14, still eat pencil; many a times i catch him with entire pencil in his mouth chewing like he has gum in mouth. We need medical research on this or where we can go to get research. 42 yo female. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Discuss all issues related to health in this forum. goodluck. Try to give him a large serving of beef everyday. Also, we need chat rooms to ask others who may have graphite lead in their skin for a long period of time if they have related immune problems due to graphite in the skin. Are you in danger of lead poisoning? You can get those from somewhere like the Therapyshoppe (google that). Here are some signs you may see if your child has oral hypersensitivities: 1. What we refer to as lead pencils are not toxic, due to the material in the middle being graphite. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. Can doctors reverse this dangerous trend? My son that chews shirt sleeves has sensory integration disorder. Answered by : Dr. Akhtarhusain ... Child eats lead pencils and paper daily suggestions There is no lead in a pencil, What is referred to as lead is actually carbon. Then I'd give him alternatives for it. Dislikes having their teeth brushed 4. He has been diagnosed with Pica. Pencil Eraser Poisoning is the accidental or intentional intake (chewing and swallowing) of pencil erasers. Dieting and malnourishment can both lead to pica. How Do I Help My Child Who Is Having A Hard Time Eating? I think that is much more the cause. Point being look for alternatives. by cmm » Tue Mar 03, 2009 11:45 pm, Post I need help with my 6 year old. He has sensory integration disorder but this is a common thing with adhd kids and kids with general anxiety. I have talked to him and tried to figure out his problem, and cant come up with anything. They also make items that can slip onto the end a pencil for chewing purposes. lead poisoning risk?" In some cultures, eating clay is an accepted behavior. LEAD Action News vol 5 no 3, 1997 ISSN 1324-6011 Incorporating Lead Aware Times ( ISSN 1440-4966) and Lead Advisory Service News ( ISSN 1440-0561) The journal of The LEAD (Lead Education and Abatement Design) Group Inc. Splinters in the mouth and other issues make it a bad choice of something to chew on. He is having a very hard time eating. It is not dangerous or poisonous, but i don't know about the chemicals in the wood or the paint. I would find other things to chew on---  thick bubble gum, a rubber chew item, etc. Answered by Dr. James Ferguson: Yes: Pencil lead is actually a non toxic material called graphite. This form of pica is called geophagia. S ucking on things such as shirt sleeves or collars or chewing on things is a common thing for kids trying to self soothe. good luck, Thanks some awesome ideas for me to try with a Kindergarten girl that I teach that is chewing the eraser and metal off the end of her pencils. You might see a pattern and be able to tell what is at the heart of the anxiety and need to self soothe. can i know if pencil lead, eraser, etc when eaten, can be poo-ed out or does it stay inside and 'roam' about? I am at home have tried talking to him, taking things away, tried rewarding him nothing works. Lead Hazards There is a spot of white on the front of … Children younger than 6 years are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning, which can severely affect mental and physical development. Answer. what can i do to stop this. Avoids certain textures of foods 2. Didn't find the answer you were looking for? Any reinforcement has to be immediate - which cannot happen at home hours after the fact. Keep a close eye on young children whenever they use small objects such as pencils. 1 comment. The use of lead in things such as toys, cosmetics, ceramics and water pipes is now restricted in Australia. I wouldn't say that it's a good snack. Remove any very small and broken pencils to keep your toddler extra-safe. He is grade one now and his teacher is a amazing about this chewing. 2018 General Information on Dry Eyes-Now known as Ocular Surface Disorder, TMJ – What a Pain in the Neck! My 7 year old son keeps chewing on the AA batteries for his controller. "is it safe for my child to chew on pencils? Probably not: I am not aware of a link between eating slate pencil lead and the development of cancer. Lead pencils have never been made out of lead, but with grafite. Hey so i chew on my pencil is that harmful? This condition is mostly seen in children The condition is diagnosed based upon the clinical history, combination of signs and symptoms, and additional tests (that may include, in some cases, radiological studies and laboratory tests) There is a similar risk from eating dirt near roads that … Is a “picky eater” even as they get older 3. Post 4. It looks like a small animal has chewed on them. The brain is the most sensitive. As such, “lead pencils” are not toxic. I think I would try to work further on understanding the root cause of this action. Pica (/ ˈ p aɪ k ə / PIE-kuh) is a psychological disorder characterized by an appetite for substances that are largely non-nutritive. On this episode of ER or Not, Dr. It may be benign or may have life-threatening consequences. 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