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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very uncommon: Hi. Rickets is pediatric disease that is now very uncommon in the US. The most common cause 100 years ago was vitamin D deficiency (milk wasn't fortified, and many people then, as now, weren't in the sun enough to manufacture their own). Now vitamin D deficiency to the point of rickets is VERY uncommon. There are genetic causes such as Vitamin D receptor mutation/deletion and others. Rare! ...Read more
3 year old with mild bowing tibias and pain. Vitamin d level of 4. Ped reports history and labs consistent with Rickets. What do I do from here?
Vit d deficiency : Wow that's a pretty low Vit D level. Start at least 1000 IU Vit D daily . May poke the gel gap with a needle and mix in food for now. You need to see a pediatric endocrinologist ASAP and the work up should include Celiac disease as well. Good luck ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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