Rickets

Rickets is a pediatric condition caused by a lack of vitamin D. The main source of vitamin D is sunlight exposure. It's also an essential part of a child's diet. When vitamin D is lacking, bones will have abnormal shape and strength, so the child might suffer from short stature, bone deformities, bone pains, delayed walking and poor muscle tone.

There are many risk factors for your child to develop rickets, including having a darker skin tone, limited sun exposure, poor intake of vitamin D, gastrointestinal diseases that prevent proper absorption of vitamin D, kidney diseases, and some rare genetic diseases.
  • Symptoms
  • Short stature

    or Slow growth

    common

    Floppy baby or baby with a decreased muscle tone

    common

    Bone pain

    common

    Delayed teething

    or Teeth anomaly

    or Frequent dental cavities

    common

    Bone deformity

    or Easily get bone fractures

    common

    Delay in walking

    or Trouble walking

    common

    Muscle cramps

    • Carpopedal spasm

    or Numbness or tingling in shoulders arms or hands

    or Numbness or tingling in legs, feet, or buttocks

    or A sudden and temporary alteration of muscle tone, movements or behavior

  • Risk factors
  • Vitamin D deficiency

    Exclusively breastfed

    • Without vitamin d

    Lack of sunlight exposure

    Vegan or vegetarian diet

    Antiseizure drugs

    Cystic fibrosis

    or Gluten intolerance

    or Inflammation of the colon

    Kidney failure or on dialysis

    Family history of hereditary rickets

  • Treatment
  • To treat this condition, your doctor will prescribe a proper dose of vitamin D and calcium supplementation which would probably be curative. If your child has already developed some bone deformity due to lack of vitamin D, bracing or surgery might be advised.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Rickets, then a visit to a pediatrician is recommended.

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