Any Tuscaloosa Parents Dealt With This?

Ok so I just crossed the year mark of being a parent and this one thing is driving me crazy. I can't be the only parent dealing with this.

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My son does a lot of crazy things that I'll never understand. A lot of times I just chalk it up to him learning new things. For example, whenever I go to the bathroom to blow my nose, he comes behind me and blows raspberries. I'm sure that's just him trying to imitate what I'm doing but just doesn't know how to.

Right now, he has a new habit that mom and I just don't understand. I'm really interested to know if any other parents in Tuscaloosa have dealt with their kids constantly eating paper? It's not on occasion, it's like he craves it. He can't help but find some kind of paper, cardboard or foam to bite, rip and chew.

It's been a few months since this first began and mom mentioned a term that I recently researched. I'm thinking it could be this but I really don't know. The term is pica.

According to Kids Health, Pica is an eating disorder in which a person eats things not usually considered food. Young kids often put non-food items (like grass or toys) in their mouths because they're curious about the world around them. But kids with pica (PIE-kuh) go beyond that. Sometimes they eat things that can lead to health problems.

Before I got too worried, I dug a little deeper and found that the paper eating could be from an iron deficiency since he's not eating a lot of iron-rich foods at this age. I'm hoping that's it!

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