A 5-year old boy in Salford, Britain, has been diagnosed with a rare condition, called Pica, which makes him eat anything he wishes including plaster off the wall or carpets.
Rachel Horn said that her son, Zach Tahir, eats his way through his bedroom and outside. Zach, who is also autistic and cannot speak, eats stones, mud, thread, carpet, grow bags, paper and even hair.
AdvertisementRachel revealed that she has tried to distract him from eating such things by sprinkling nuts on the carpet or tearing up celery so that he eats it instead of thread.
"It is not the taste he likes, but the texture. It's frustrating as Zach doesn't speak - not one word - and meal times are a nightmare. He doesn't sleep much and I get exhausted, but unlike other autistic children he loves to give me hugs and he dances", Rachel told The Mirror.
She added that she hopes to raise £15,000 so that she can build a "safe" bedroom for Zach containing items that are not dangerous to the five year old.