Rickets are the softness and weakness of the bones in children, usually caused by severe and prolonged deficiency in vitamin D. Rare genetic problems may also cause rickets.
Vitamin D helps your child’s body absorb calcium and phosphorous from food. Vitamin D deficiency makes it difficult to maintain appropriate levels of calcium and phosphorous in the bones, which can lead to rickets.
Adding vitamin D or calcium to the diet is generally related to bone problems associated with rickets. When rickets are the result of another underlying medical problem, your child may need additional medication or other treatment. Some structural deformities caused by rickets may require corrective surgery.
Rare genetic disorders associated with low levels of phosphorous, which is another mineral component of the bone, may require taking other medications.
Signs of rickets can include the following
Arched legs, or the disintegration of the knees
Thickening of the wrist and ankle
The emergence of chest bones
When should you visit your child’s pediatrician?
Talk to your doctor at the nearest Ram clinics if your child’s bone pain increases, muscles weak, or skeletal deformity.
Your child’s body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium and phosphorus from food. Rickets can occur if your child’s body does not get enough vitamin D, or if their body has problems using Vitamin D properly. Occasionally, not getting enough calcium or a lack of calcium and vitamin D causes rickets.
• Vitamin D deficiency children who don’t get enough vitamin D from these its sources can get deficiency
• Sun rays. Your child’s skin produces vitamin D when it is exposed to sunlight. But children in developed countries tend to spend less time outdoors. They are more likely to use sunscreen, which blocks the rays that stimulate skin production of vitamin D.
the food. Fish oils, egg yolks, and oil-rich fish like salmon contain vitamin D. Vitamin D is also added to some foods, such as milk, cereals, and some fruit juices.
• Problems with absorption such as:
o Stomach disease
o Inflammatory bowel disease
o Cystic fibrosis
o Kidney problems