Rare condition causes girl, 4, to be addicted to eating carpet

April 6, 2015 6:45 PM

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Rare condition causes girl, 4, to be addicted to eating carpet

Four-year-old Jessica Knight carries a small purse filled with sponge from her carpet. The purse is a safety measure imposed by the British girl’s mother, Kelly, to ensure she doesn’t overeat the material and cause harm to her body, metro.co.uk reported.

Jessica, of March, Cambridgeshire, has a rare disease called Pica, which causes a pathological craving for nonnutritive items, such as clay, coal, paper, or food ingredients, like flour or raw potatoes, according to the Psychiatric Times. In Jessica’s case, it’s the underlay of carpet and household ...

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