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What causes rumination disorder in infants and children?

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Experts don't know exactly what causes rumination disorder, but there are several factors that may contribute to its development:

  • Physical illness or severe stress may trigger the behavior. For some children, it's a way to comfort themselves.
  • It may be a way for the child to gain attention.
  • It may be a sign of a condition such as depression or anxiety

SOURCE: American Academy of Pediatrics.

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 09, 2018

SOURCE: American Academy of Pediatrics.

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 09, 2018

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