We’re all struggling to get our children to eat the “right” things. For most parents eating the “right” things mean a healthy well-balanced diet. For parents of children with pica – a condition where children eat or mouth non-food items – the struggle is less about eating the “right” things and more about not eating the “wrong” things.
Pica can be a confusing condition to deal with. For those of us who aren’t affected by the condition it’s almost impossible to understand why your child would want to eat foul-tasting inedible items. Like with so many other conditions associated with autism, when we understand the root cause of the behavior we can start to reduce or eliminate it.