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My Child Eats Her Hair. can This Hurt Her?

Kristie Rivers, MD, FAAP, Board Certified Pediatrician
January 3, 2019 . 1 min read

The hair, which is an indigestible material, can collect in the digestive tract. This in turn can accumulate into a solid mass known as a trichobezoar that causes a blockage in the intestines. Symptoms include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and a feeling of being full soon after eating. Treatment involves surgical removal of the hairball.

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