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Are there any kids with rickets in the U.S. nowadays?

Are there any kids with rickets in the U.S. nowadays?

Hard to find: Rickets requires a deficiency of vitamin D to extremely low levels. The usual RDA of 400 u per is designed to totally prevent this condition and vit D is usually added to milk. I imagine there are a few kids somewhere in the USA with extreme diets (enforced by well meaning parents) or with severe malabsorption problems who might have the condition. But I have not heard of them yet. ...Read more

Dr. Linda DiMeglio
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Rickets (Definition)

Inadequate sun exposure causes rickets which is vit d deficiency. Impairs bone mineralization in kids ...Read more


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Why did kids use to get rickets?

Why did kids use to get rickets?

They still do: Rickets is a metabolic bone disease of children which is usually the result of severe vitamin d deficiency, but can also have other causes. Vitamin d deficiency remains common, particularly with spending more time indoors and using sunscreen (which is necessary because skin damage from the sun can cause skin cancers). Please see your child's doctor for relatively new vitamin d recommendations. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of rickets disease in children?

Multiple symptoms: May include the following: leg, spine and/or hip pain, poor growth, bowed legs, protruding breast bone, muscle pain, delayed walking or refusal to walk, thickened wrists/ankles, bumps along the ribs. ...Read more

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Why are dark skinned children more susceptible to rickets than fair skinned children?

Why are dark skinned children more susceptible to rickets than fair skinned children?

See below: Dark skinned people cannot make as much vitamin d from sun exposure, as light skin people can. Vitamin d is needed for calcium absorption and bone formation. ...Read more

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Can hereditary rickets be prevented? My family has a genetic kidney disorder that causes rickets. Is it possible to take steps to prevent my children from getting rickets this way?

Can hereditary rickets be prevented? My family has a genetic kidney disorder that causes rickets. Is it possible to take steps to prevent my children from getting rickets this way?

There : There are multiple kinds of kidney associated hereditary rickets that all have different patterns of inheritance. Many are "autosomal recessive" which means that the child must get an affected gene from each parent in order to have the disease. Some are x-linked which means that women carry the gene and men get the disease. The other type is "autosomal dominant" which means that you only need one gene to have the disease and that gene can come from either parent. The best thing to do is discuss your type of family rickets with your doctor. They may refer you to a genetic counselor to discuss the risk of your children in developing the disease. Prevention depends on what kind of rickets run in your family, your gender, whether you have the disease or are a carrier, and who the partner is with whom you want to have children. ...Read more

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Can you find out if a child will have vit. D resistant rickets from bloodwork of the parents before child is conceived and which sex would inherit?

Can you find out if a child will have vit. D resistant rickets from bloodwork of the parents before child is conceived and which sex would inherit?

No, : Hereditary vitamin d-resistant rickets (hvdrr). Hvdrr, an autosomal recessive disorder, is a very rare form of rickets. It is associated with end–organ resistance to Calcitriol usually caused by mutations in the gene encoding the vitamin d receptor. Dna testing of fetal cells obtained by amniocentesis may detect gene mutation. Both sexes are affected by the disorder. ...Read more

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I was suffering rickets. When i was child calcium oxalate was diagnosed.Skeleton deformities.Now urine test calcium oxalate is +. What I do now? 23 yr

Ca oxalate in urine: Calcium oxalate crystals in urine are common even in normal persona based upon the diet that they took in past 24 hrs. The question is --- what is your urine calcium to creatinine ratio and if that is significantly high, thiazides diuretics will help in preventing renal losses of calcium and prevention of renal stone formation. Consult your nephrologist. ...Read more

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How will I know if my baby or child has rickets from vitamin d deficiency?

How will I know if my baby or child has rickets from vitamin d deficiency?

Rickets: I will presume that you are feeding your child a normal diet for age and that you are seeing your pediatrician or family practice physician on a regular basis. Rickets will be part of a constellation of signs and symptoms that will determined clinically. This type of nutritional deficiency is relatively rare in america at this time. ...Read more

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If i suspect my child may have rickets, can I treat it without a doctor visit? I suspect my daughter might have rickets–she is dark-skinned, and we live in a cloudy, northern city and are vegetarians. Can i just start supplementing with calcium and vitami

If i suspect my child may have rickets, can I treat it without a doctor visit? I suspect my daughter might have rickets–she is dark-skinned, and we live in a cloudy, northern city and are vegetarians. Can i just start supplementing with calcium and vitami

There : There are different kinds of diseases and deficiencies that can cause rickets or rickets-type symptoms such as: - vitamin d deficiency - calcium deficiency - phosphorus deficiency - bone diseases such as hypophosphatasia - jansen syndrome - a form of dwarfism that causes similar joint abnormalities seen in rickets - vitamin d resistant rickets because of all of these possibilities which require different treatments, you should take your daughter to her doctor it you suspect rickets. Blood tests and x-rays can help differentiate and diagnose the cause of rickets to ensure appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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