Causes, Symptoms & Treatment
What causes rickets?
Age - Rickets is more common in children 6 to 24 months. This is when their bodies need enough calcium to strengthen and develope their bones.
Diet - You may be at a higher risk if you are on a vegetarian diet that does not include fish, milk or eggs.
Skin color - Children of African, Pacific Islander, and Middle Eastern are at the highest risk for rickets because their skin is darker and requires more sunlight to react and produce vitamin D.
Treatment for Rickets
Rickets can be treated by replacing the missing vitamin or mineral in your body. This will get rid of your symptoms. If you are low in vitamin D, your doctor will tell you to get a safe amount of light and eating food that contain lots of vitamin D like fish, eggs, liver, and milk. If skeletal deformities are present, your child may need braces to position his or her bones correctly.
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