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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)

A disorder marked by inadequate or defective mineralization of the skeleton, resulting in soft or fragile bones. When the disease occurs in children, it is known as rickets and tends to ...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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Can i prevent rickets in my exclusively breast-fed child through sun exposure alone? I exclusively breast-feed my son. Is it possible to prevent rickets with sun exposure instead of giving him vitamin d drops?

Can i prevent rickets in my exclusively breast-fed child through sun exposure alone? I exclusively breast-feed my son. Is it possible to prevent rickets with sun exposure instead of giving him vitamin d drops?

Probably yes: Rickets is a metabolic bone disease related to vitamin D deficiency. It is associated with severe malnutrition, and on rare conditions, genetic defects of metabolism. Vitamin D is necessary to convert calcium to its usable, absorbable form. There are dietary sources of vitamin D as well as vitamin D conversion with sunlight exposure. Unless your child is severely malnourished, they should be ok. ...Read more

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What is rickets?

Soft bones: Rickets is a disorder of children caused by a lack of vitamin D, calcium, It leads to softening and weakening of the bones. Usually caused by lack of sunlight or dietary intake. Rarely it can be caused by a genetic disorder or from those who have disorders that prevent absorption of minerals and vitamins Similar disorder in adults is called osteomalacia ...Read more

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What is rickets disease?

What is  rickets disease?

A bone growth prob.: Rickets refers to deficient mineralization of the growth plates of bone. It can be predominantly related to either deficiency of calcium or phosphorus. It is commonly treated with adequate nutrition and vitamin d therapy. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of rickets?

What are the symptoms of rickets?

Abnormal bones: Rickets is caused by severe deficiency of vitd. It causes poor growth, bone pain and bone abnormalities such as scoliosis and bowed legs. ...Read more

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How does rickets affect the body?

Poor mineralization : Longstanding untreated rickets results in greenstick fracture, bowlegs, kyphosis (hunchback), short stature, and rarely infantile tetany. The muscles are poorly developed with low tone. ...Read more

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Who do you see to diagnose Rickets??

Who do you see to diagnose Rickets??

Your family doctor: Your primary care doctor has truing to diagnose and treat Rickets, ,although rare at 21 . ...Read more

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How do you know if you have. Rickets?

Can't miss it: Exclusively seen in young children, rickets occurs for different reasons, but most commonly in this country - vitamin d deficiency. Bones faily to properly mineralize so legs may become bowed as bones soft. The toddler might have leg pain and refuse to walk. The soft spot on top of the head of a baby may not close on time. Rickets are easily identified on long bone x-rays and through blood tests. ...Read more

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Anyone over the age of 18 with rickets?

No: Rickets is found primarily in young children and cannot occur in older kids and adults who are done growing. Osteomalacia is the term which would be used for older kids and adults. There are distinctly different bone findings in young children with rickets. ...Read more

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When are at risk of developing rickets?

When are at risk of developing rickets?

Most cases in kids: Rickets is a softening of the bones caused most often by vitamin d deficiency, but calcium deficiency can also be a cause. Most cases occur in children often in the setting of malnutrition. Lack of sunlight exposure has lead to an increase in incidence of rickets. The term for the adult form is osteomalacia. ...Read more