DailyMail – Natalie Hayhurst, 3, is at constant risk of poisoning herself because of a rare condition which gives her cravings for inedible objects. In February she nearly died after eating a lightbulb that she tore from a bedroom night-light. Her mother Colleen, 31, says every day is a constant battle of wills as she tries to stop her daughter eating something that could kill her. Colleen said: ‘She doesn’t try to eat glass so much since it hurt her, but she will try and eat rocks and sticks she finds in the garden. ‘I have had to call this poison helpline so many times that it’s on my speed dial. You name it Natty’s tried to eat it. ‘She can eat a brick like a normal person would eat a chocolate chip cookie. ‘She knows these things are bad for her, me and my husband David have discussed how harmful it is with her. ‘But the cravings are too much for a three year old to handle. She will actively seek out this stuff even though she knows not to.’ Natalie has Pica, a condition characterised by an appetite for non-nutritive substances.
This is why I don’t see myself being a good parent. If I had to deal with this shit I really don’t know what the hell I’d do. Oh, my daughter likes to eat bricks and lightbulbs? Where can I return her? Something’s wrong with her and if I have to show a receipt I will. I don’t understand this. The mother says how tough it is to raise a kid that likes to eat bricks. No shit? But last I checked that was your daughter. You’ve gotta rub her face in it or something like a dog, I don’t know, I’m not a parent. What I do know though is that this shit needs to stop. If your kid can actually chew through a brick, then you don’t have a daughter, you have a Gremlin ready to fuck shit up. There’s not enough patience in the world to deal with a kid that walks around the house looking for objects to eat that could kill her. Know how bad of a parent I would be? I’d just let her keep doing it. Fuck it, if it doesn’t kill her it’s okay. Might even take her on the talk show circuit, sign her up for some freak shows and sell the rights to her movie so I could pay for all the bricks she was eating.