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A 2-year-old male asked:

my son has rickets and his alp is quite high. as we are strictly vegan, what kinds of food can i give my 2 year old?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kristi Woods
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Type of rickets?: If his rickets is dietary he needs calcium and vitamin d. However there are other forms which require different treatment, and you need to know what kind.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Dairy products: Dairy products, egg yolk, fish, and vitamin d supplement.
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Vegan and Rickets: This is a challenge- there are few vitamin d enriched foods other than orange juice and some grains. A vegan diet excludes dairy, eggs, fish that are great sources of vitamin d. Sunlight exposure to make vitamin d is inadequate to treat rickets. Key to connect with a pediatrician or pediatric endocrinologist for optimal treatment.

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Last updated Nov 27, 2017

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