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Is it still pica if you don't swallow?

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#1 Sunny_Daffodils


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Posted 07 April 2021 - 07:26 PM

I used to chew on everything as a kid, coins, pencils, my hair, shirt sleeves, shirt collars, tv remote (wish I was kidding here), paper, yeah just lots of stuff. But I'd just chew on it, not swallow (except I would occasionally swallow the paper). I was wondering if this would still be counted as pica? Or is it more just like an oral fixation? I dunno..
I pretty well stopped showing on stuff, kept my hair short for a long time to get past that, got tired of my shirts looking disgusting and chewed up so stopped that, started chewing gum a lot of the time to keep my mouth occupied..

But yeah curious if it's still pica if you aren't actually eating the stuff, but just chewing on it

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Posted 07 April 2021 - 07:33 PM

im not sure but it might be if u have some kind or desire or appetite for those things. chewing is the first step in the digestive process after all. if it's an oral fixation perhaps trying chewing gum? if u find urself wanting to chew on other inedible stuff then ya it could be pica. i just did a quick google search on this so take everything i said w a grain a salt :P

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