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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. Jan Lei Iwata
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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more


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How do you know if you have. Rickets?

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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What is the definition or description of: rickets?

VITAMIN D DEF.: Inadequate sun exposure causes rickets which is vit d deficiency. Impairs bone mineralization in kids and osteomalacia in adults. ...Read more

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Is osteomalacia different from rickets?

Is osteomalacia different from rickets?

Yes and no: Normal bone growth and mineralization require adequate calcium and phosphate. Rickets refers to deficient mineralization at growth plates, whereas osteomalacia refers to same deficiency at bony matrix. They usually occur together, however, once growth plates have fused, only osteomalacia occurs. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of rickets?

What are the signs and symptoms of rickets?

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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When a girl has rickets, what are the effects?

When a girl has rickets, what are the effects?

Bone deformities: Rickets is due to deficiency of vitamin d and causes soft weak bones. Deformities of the ribs, forehead, lower legs are common. The illness is easily treatable with vitamin d. ...Read more

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How do rickets disrupt homeostasis in the body?

Vit D deficiency: Rickets is the bony manifestation of vitamin d deficiency in childhood. Vit d deficiency has many effects. The incidence of vit d insufficiency has doubled from 1994 to 2004. An air pollutant, cadmium, which has become more toxic since the removal of lead from gasoline breaks down 25-oh vitamin d. Low calcium, phosphorus, elevated alkaline phosphatase , neuromuscular irritability result. ...Read more

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Is being an african-american a risk factor for rickets?

Yes: Dark skinned individuals need more sunlight exposure compared to light skinned ones. ...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