Now that's some smart parenting!
A mother from the United Kingdom had to reportedly leave bits and pieces of celery and nut fragments on the carpet in order to get her son to eat them.
That's not all — she also had to watch him and ask him not to eat the windows blinds, thread and wall plaster.
Rachel Horn's son Zach has autism, but he also has a disorder called Pica which makes one have an appetite for non-edible things.
Here's what the mom said:
"He eats almost anything — mud and moss, stones, carpet, grow bags, thread, paper, wallpaper and hair. He loves to climb on his windowsill and eat his black-out blind. He likes to have something to chew on at all times. It is not the taste he likes, but the texture."
Horn is trying to raise money to help her out with her ultra unique situation, and buy items for her son's bedroom that will make be much safer if he does indeed ever eat something — like a mattress without seams.
What an amazing mother! Doing whatever necessary to make life okay for her kid…
Hospitalizations for Pica have almost doubled over the last decade which could be because the number of children diagnosed with autism have increased in recent years.
31 percent of pica cases among children in 2009 were in kids with autism.
This definitely needs to be something more people are talking about!
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