Why does my child eat sand

Eating sand harmful?


 

Dear Dr. Buses,
Our 13-month-old daughter eats sand every time she visits the sandpit - she seems to like it, contrary to expectations, she makes no move to stop. Of course she doesn't react to "Bah" or "No" yet. But actually we don't always want to take her out of the sandpit after a quarter of an hour, which she likes so much. Is sand in any way harmful in "larger" quantities (about 10 children's hands full ...)?
Thank you and best regards
Merlind

of Merlind on 06.06.2013, 8:41 pm

 

Answer:

Eating sand harmful?

Dear M.,
Sand is not harmful, but with public facilities you can never be sure whether there are worm eggs in it. And of course a 13 month old child can learn what is not wanted if you answer with a resounding no. And if she doesn't hear, remove her briefly from the sandpit with the 2nd no.
All the best!

by Dr. med. Andreas Busse on June 7th, 2013

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