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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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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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My 1 year 8 mnths baby boy is hvng rickets....I want to ask dat whether it will be cured by medicines.....Or ny other things should be done...

Rickets can be cured: Nutritional rickets whether due to calcium, phosphate, or vitamin d deficiency can be cured by giving back what is missing of those 3. Resolving the bine disease generally takes several months. There are other forms of rickets that are inherited due to gene mutations and not curable per se but are very treatable again by giving calcium, phosphate, and/or vitamin d. ...Read more

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If I am exclusively breastfeeding, could my baby develop rickets?

If I am exclusively breastfeeding, could my baby develop rickets?

Vitamin supplement : Recommendations for breast fed infants include supplementing with vitamins, polyvisol, which contains vitamin d also. Vitamin d doesn't really pass through breast milk, so has to be supplemented to the breast fed infant. Vitamin d deficiency is the most common cause of rickets. ...Read more

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What should I do if my 2-year-old baby's alkaline phosphate level is 956. Does he have rickets?

Rickets: It is possible, but it can be other things as well. Next step is to see the peds endocrinologist for further testing. Can be from an old injury to the bones as well. Lots of other questions to your question..Was calcium level normal? Did they do a bone specific alkaline phosphatase? Any X-rays done? ...Read more

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3mo baby formula fed 24 oz/ day. Pediatrician indicated no vit D is needed and will reasses @4mo. I'm scared of rickets. Can it be reversed early on?

3mo baby formula fed 24 oz/ day. Pediatrician indicated no vit D is needed and will reasses @4mo. I'm scared of rickets. Can it be reversed early on?

New recommendation: The American Academy of Pediatrics states that "Exclusively and partially breastfed babies should receive 400 IU (units) of vitamin D each day starting in the first few days of life and continuing up until babies are weaned to at least 1 liter or 1 quart of vitamin D fortified formula or milk a day." Read the labeling carefully, some brands have 400 units per drop, vs per dropper-full. ...Read more

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When do I start putting my baby in the direct sunlight to help her with vitamin d and to prevent rickets?

When do I start putting my baby in the direct sunlight to help her with vitamin d and to prevent rickets?

Be careful: You are correct that the ultra violet b rays of sunlight start the production of vit d in our skin...But there are risks as well...An increase in skin cancer and melanoma. Dermatologists would probably answer..."never". My answer is do it prudently and be aware clothing and sunscreen block ultravilet b rays. The national recommendation is to supplement all infants with 400 iu of vit d daily. ...Read more

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What would be signs of rickets on an 8mo baby? I have low levels of vitamin D now but ignore levels @ pregnancy. Baby crawls, sits, walks, stands.

What would be signs of rickets on an 8mo baby? I have low levels of vitamin D now but ignore levels @ pregnancy. Baby crawls, sits, walks, stands.

Rickets: Signs of rickets in infants including box shaped head, delayed development, widening of space in the wrist joints, beads on the ribs, called rosary beads, irritable children. Vitamin d comes also from sun exposure. If the child has a healthy diet and proper sun exposure, your child should be fine. ...Read more

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26.9 ng/mL vitamin D 7 months postpartum. Unsure if levels were low during pregnancy. Risk of rickets and tooth issues for my baby? No teeth yet, 8 mo

26.9 ng/mL vitamin D 7 months postpartum. Unsure if levels were low during pregnancy. Risk of rickets and tooth issues for my baby? No teeth yet, 8 mo

Give baby Vit D: Ideal Vit D levels are >30, so yours is marginal. It is never too late to start Vit D supplement for your infant. Breast milk has minimal Vit D but formulas are usually fortified with vitamins and 32 oz will provide about 400 IU a day. Current recommendations for infants 6-12 mo has been raised to 600 U/d or 800 if premature at birth, and a 1000/day after 12 month. Teeth often erupt after 9 mo ...Read more