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Why children eat chalk?

do Many things of people instinctively, povinuyas it is unknown from where to the arising impulses. Being trained, children also instinctively taste everything. However, watching more attentively habits and flavoring addictions of our kids, we can sometimes understand what substances are not enough for the child for the correct development.

Many of us with surprise observed unexpectedly coming strangenesses in tastes. Especially it concerns children. Sometimes quite reasonable children of six - unexpectedly begin to drag ten years “any muck“ in a mouth. And not just to drag, and to purposefully look for and eat a certain substance. It can be chalk, clay, coal, even calcareous stones on the beach, heads of matches or the earth. Someone with affection remembers how he in the childhood in the village at the grandmother secretly ate plaster, someone longs on “sweet“ chalk of Soviet period. And someone, having rummaged in memory depths, will find out that he in the childhood sometimes with pleasure licked water color paints. All of them were sweet on taste, but the preference was for some reason given red and orange.

Some of us kept a manner there is, for example, a chalk, and in an adult state. Having incidentally found habit “fellows“, these people seriously discuss flavoring distinctions between different brands of chalk and argue on whether chalk from shop of stationery is harmful to health and that is more tasty - pieces of chalk of “Antoshk“, round Lanthanum chalk or gentle Czech “Kokhinor“. Many women noticed for themselves passion to chalk or whitewashing during pregnancy.

All these habits are not casual

. If you find in your kid a habit to certain and not to absolutely usual “products“, it is an excess occasion to reflect - and whether correctly the child eats and whether receives with food all necessary for it for development and growth of substance?

of the Reason of “cretaceous dependence“ at children (and at adults) happen different. But, as a rule, children who secretly drag pieces of chalk from a blackboard lack calcium. Chalk is a natural source of calcium. Addiction to all limy derivatives of chalk, including clay, the same nature.


Calcium in the childhood is necessary to an organism in large quantities: 800 mg a day for children of 1 - 3 years, 900 - 1000 mg for children of 4 - 6 years, 1100 mg - 7 - 10 years and 1200 mg - 11 years are also more senior. Calcium is necessary for normal development of bones, formation of healthy teeth and gums, and also for growth of muscles. Without calcium the child not only suffers from violations of physical development and growth, quickly is tired and often is ill. Calcium also participates in many metabolic processes in an organism, and its shortcoming can cause heavy hormonal violations.

It is also considered p that love to chalk - a collateral symptom of an anemia. The organism lacks iron. By the way, all oxides of iron have brown or reddish color - remember about red water color paints? According to WHO data, about 30% of the population of the planet suffer from a lack of iron of this or that form. But in the childhood the anemia is especially dangerous, and the most part of minerals, including calcium and iron which get to us with food, cannot be acquired by an organism are adequately or quickly removed.

Application of special vitamin preparations allows not only to add useful minerals to a diet. Practice shows - the minerals which are contained in vitaminno - mineral complexes, are acquired about 20 times more effectively than the same minerals from usual products. In tablets they contain in a form which “is specially adapted“ for easy and correct assimilation.

the Most balanced set of vitamins and minerals suitable for most of children, the Kaltsinova complex possesses. It contains calcium, phosphorus and vitamins A and D 3 and In 6 - all those elements without which normal development of the person is impossible. Children just also try to compensate their shortcoming, savouring chalk, the earth or paints in language.

Many mineral substances, for example, phosphorus, it is very rare and Pomala meet in foodstuff. Their shortcoming can be “calculated“ on flavoring addictions, certainly, adjusted for children`s love to sweet too.

However, sweet teeth can have a problem too - they simply lack chrome. And fans to eat too much chocolate, perhaps, feel instinctive shortage of magnesium. Children who like to gnaw round heads of matches can compensate so a lack of sulfur or phosphorus, fans of salty - potassium and sodium and if unexpected interest is shown to sour products - perhaps, it from shortage of vitamin C. Anyway, if you noticed sharp changes in tastes or other gastronomic strangenesses for the child, first of all see a doctor!