Rickets - Vitamin D Deficiency

"Rickets is the softening and weakening of bones in children, usually because of an extreme and prolonged vitamin D deficiency." - Mayo Clinic

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Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency:
  • Painful bones, muscle weakness, cramps, and spasms
  • Increased risk of breaking bones; breaks that occur without pressure or trauma
  • Teeth failing to form or are slow to emerge through gums; deformed teeth or soft tooth enamel
  • A prominent forehead and a large soft spot in infants (fontanelle)
  • Bowed legs, "hunch-back" (kyphosis), sideway curves of the spine (scoliosis), outward jutting breastbone or abnormal skull shape
For more information and resources:
http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD HealthProfessional/
Contributing causes and risk factors for rickets:
  • Not having enough exposure to the sunlight
  • Children with naturally dark skin tend to absorb less sunlight than lighter skinned children
  • Not having enough vitamin D or calcium in the diet
  • Women who are also vitamin D deficient whom exclusively breastfeed their infant
  • Certain disorders of the liver, intestine, or kidneys that prevent vitamin D from being absorbed or turning into its active form in the body
  • Disorders that cause malabsorption of fat in the body ( vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin)
Learn how to Prevent Vitamin D Deficiency in Your Child. Follow the link below.