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There are a number of ailments or health issues that children might have and most of them are usually curable and preventable with the help of basic knowledge or precautions. But there are many health disorders that can affect child’s whole life badly.

Skin problems, sore throat, common cold or ear pain etc. are the usual health infections that children get at an early age. Most parents are blamed for low health of children and this is so if considered wisely. As we all know that children don’t really know what they can do to maintain their health and life quality and responsibility goes to parents to take proper care of the health of their children.

Mostly children get diseases due to poor or cheap diets. Have you ever heard about a disease called rickets? Well you must be familiar with bone problems in children. Rickets are a kind of bone or skeletal problem that children have. In this article we will try to give you an insight into the term and enhance your knowledge about the disease called rickets.

What are rickets?

Rickets is a skeletal disorder in children which is caused due to lack of vitamin D. In simple the condition that includes the weakening of bones in children is called rickets.

Here arises a question: do rickets only occur in children? It can affect adults too if they don’t get enough calcium or phosphorus in their diet. The condition may result in soft or deformed bones which may lead to serious health issues.

Causes:

  • Deficiency of vitamin D.
  • Lack of calcium
  • Poor diet
  • Less exposure to sunlight
  • Absorption problems (the way how your body absorbs vitamin D).
  • A child born to a mother with lack of vitamin D may have signs of rickets.
  • Use of certain medications can cause skeletal problems.

Symptoms:

Common signs of rickets may include:

  • Weak muscles
  • Frequent legs pain
  • Delayed growth
  • Stiffened knees
  • Thickened wrists
  • Bowed legs
  • Delayed motor skills
  • Softness or weakness in growth tissues.

Side effects:

If not diagnosed or treated timely, rickets can lead to severe side effects which may leave your child behind in growth when compared to other children of his age.

Usually rickets appear in those children who are not getting enough phosphorus, calcium and vitamin D. Lack of vitamin D can lead to following consequences:

  • Stopped or delayed growth.
  • Bone deformities
  • Abnormal curved spine
  • Seizures
  • Dental issues

Treatment:

In most cases rickets can go away when caught in the beginning when you notice signs or symptoms. It can be treated by giving children sufficient amounts of calcium.

Vitamin B and Calcium supplements prove highly beneficial in some cases. If children get proper or enough vitamin D it disappears soon in a short period of time. You just need to keep following instructions in view:

  • Follow doctor’s directions carefully.
  • Use supplements or medication as suggested by your physician.
  • Excess vitamin D can be harmful for the body.
  • Your doctor may advise you to give your child certain fruits or foods rich in vitamin D and calcium.