Kids eating scabs

@Kaeli72 (1231)
United States
June 7, 2008 10:13pm CST
Please tell me why...why do kids (mainly boys) pull at their scabs and...eat them? It's gross and disgusting. I've seen little boys play with their boo boos and doesn't matter if they're black, yellow or brown, they'll pick at that thing and pull it off. After looking at it for a few minutes, they'll pop it into their mouths and eat them. Just like that...it might as well be a gummy worm for all they care! I can understand boogers because that's salty (I'm not talking by experience, honestly. ) but scabs?
8 responses
@kezabelle (2986)
8 Jun 08
OMG No ive never known a child eat their own scabs and ive worked with a lot of children my own daughter eats her bogeys yet her big sister never did makes me want to throw up when she does it though!
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@Kaeli72 (1231)
• United States
9 Jun 08
I guess everyone's got some type of vice...your booger eating daughter might be getting hers out of the way at an early age.
@luvstochat (6917)
• United States
8 Jun 08
I guess I have never seen a child eat their scab before. My son would pick his off and throw his away. Neither of my kids have ever ate their burgers either they will pick them out of their nose but then they throw them away.
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@Kaeli72 (1231)
• United States
9 Jun 08
Sounds like your children are missing out on some of the greatest things that kids can get away with. It's kinda like a baby...only babies can get away with burping, farting, running around without any clothing and spitting and everyone (almost, everyone) will think it's cute. Although, when kids eat boogers and scabs, I don't think it's cute, but it's understandable as opposed to an adult munching away...
@SusanLee (1919)
• United States
8 Jun 08
Because they're nasty 'little' people. lol I don't know why they do it. I don't know why they do the nose thing either. What would get to me is if they started sharing with each other. At this rate I'll make myself sick. Have a good day
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@Kaeli72 (1231)
• United States
9 Jun 08
My father calls children "walking germ factories"...perhaps I should update it to "walking gross factories". At this rate, I'll be sick right along side you if we kept wondering about things like this. *lol*
• United States
8 Jun 08
Wow, didn't really need to describe the colors of the scabs there. Younger children pick their scabs because they are curious if it will hurt or if it is some sort of bug(that's why i use to do it when i was little). Boy's seem to tend to be the one's picking their scabs the most because they are curious. A grown person picking their scab and eating it is considered creepy.
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@Kaeli72 (1231)
• United States
9 Jun 08
I think it's because boys must be proud of their boo boos and scratches that they want to hold onto it as long as possible...sounds good? By the way, your last line made me laugh aloud, so enjoy!
@jonesy123 (3951)
• United States
8 Jun 08
Boogers are salty? Have to try that, ... mh, no! Anyhow, boys can be disgusting. My little one will pick things out of the garbage if we don't look. It's not like we don't feed him, he just sees food scraps in there and suddenly thinks he needs to eat it. I can see how boys would eat the scabs too. Just gotta try it... it's too tempting... lol.
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@Kaeli72 (1231)
• United States
8 Jun 08
Aaawww...hold is your little one? Hey, if he's eating scraps, perhaps you should take that as a compliment: he liked your cooking the first time around, maybe he's just wanting seconds?
@Joesep (3)
• Canada
14 Oct 08
I used to eat scabs when i was young.... but now that im older i realize how grose it was. and kids get addicted to it, it becomes a habbit but they will eventually stop once they get older, and its not dirty or dangerous in anyway because scabs are new skin cells, if a kid swallows a scab it will go down and be broken down into the skin cells, then they will help fix the cut
• Canada
14 Oct 08
Sorry lol i didnt meen to send 2 messages
• United States
22 Jun 10
Picking and eating scabs is more common than one might think. It is generally associated with anxiety, and OCD and is referred to as psychological or neurotic excoriation. These types of behaviors can last through one's adulthood and lead to disfiguring and emotionally upsetting outcomes if left untreated. Surprisingly, it more commonly linked to girls than to boys because girls are more likely to experience anxiety and other related disorders. That being said, all children go through periods of experimenting and exploring their environments and bodies (often orally). I would say be mindful of the behavior and go with your gut on whether or not it's just simple objectionable childhood behavior or linked to a more compulsive behavior.
@Joesep (3)
• Canada
14 Oct 08
When i was younger i used to eat my scabs... i know its discusting but its a habbit u can pick up at a young age, its not bad for u, if anything its healthy but extreamly gross just wait until they grow up, they will stop