Liv has Pica.
I'm not sure if this should be a mountain or a molehill. Either way, it's really stressing me out.
Her "food" of choice? Rubber bands and hair.
I almost can't stomach the hair thing. No, really. It's been a smallish issue since she was around 5 months old. It concerned me enough that I brought it up to her GI specialist and he did tests to check her for bezoars (Yes, like the Harry Potter bezoars- for real. But kind of not. Did I just majorly dork out there? I so did.) . After she was diagnosed with retinoblastoma it became considerably worse. She has actually started pulling it out of her own head. I'm trying really hard not to react too strongly when she does this and shame her into certain behaviors. I know that will make it worse. But how exactly do I effectively help my toddler not eat hair?
It's seriously upsetting. I feel like maybe I'm over-reacting...but then maybe I'm not. I have no idea. No one I know, aside from a few pregnant friends, have had to deal with this. Pregnant women are slightly more reasonable to deal with than toddlers when it comes to food ingestion so really, it's not so much a help.
A few suggestions have been made, including gel-ing and oiling her hair at night making it harder to grab and pull out. But all that happened was this:
Her pediatrician is going to try a few more things and I'm going to bring it up with her oncologist next week. But, geez. Really? I don't even know what to do about it.