Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

Best Practices for Individuals with Pica

Type: pdf
Author: Communications Office
Year of Publishing: 2012

January 20, 2012

Pica is the unusual sounding name for what is a common safety concern within our system-the ingestion of non-food substances (latex gloves, cigarette butts, cleaning liquids, coins, etc.). Ingestion of non-food items can cause airway obstruction, dental injury, poisoning, and other severe internal injuries. It has also been known in some instances to lead to invasive surgery and/or death.