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Rachitis In Children
Rickets: This is a vitamin d deficiency, causing improper mineralization of the skeletal bones. It can be nutritional or due to resistance or dependence of vitamin d. Diagnosis can be blood tests and xrays. Treatment is oral vitamin d and plenty of sunshine. Lack of treatment leads to soft bones and easy fractures. If untreated during major growth years, bowing of long bones and other skeletal deformities. ...Read more
If I was born with rachitis, could it affect me now in any ways? I lose a lot of hair, would that have anything to do with the rachitis?
Dysraphism? Rickets?: I am unsure what condition you are suffering from. Is it a spinal dysraphism where the spinal canal is not fully closed or is it a disease of vitamin d deficiency rickets? Both should be managed by experts, a pediatric spine surgeon for dysraphism or an endocrinologist for the rickets. ...Read more
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
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
Not enough vitamins: Rickets is due to not enough vitamin d which you can get from sun exposure or dairy products. Microcytic anemia may be due to lack of iron (more typically from blood loss) while macrocytic anemia may be due to lack of folate and/or vitamin b12, found in fruits, vegetables & whole grains. That's why it's so important to eat a varied diet including the colors of the rainbow each day! ...Read more
Vitamin D supplement:
Rickets is a disease, in this case, caused by vitamin d deficiency. Breastmilk is the perfect nutrition except for the amount of vitamin d. Supplementation of vitamin d is recommended until 4 mo of age, when other stores are depleted and needing a multivitamin with iron supplement.
Rickets, itself, starts with boney pain. Infants are not able to tell you that they are in pain. ...Read more
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
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
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
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