Rickets is the softening and weakening of bones in children, usually because of an extreme and prolonged vitamin D deficiency.Signs and symptoms of rickets can include delayed growth, pain in the spine, pelvis and legs and muscle weakness. It softens the growth plates at the ends of a child's bones causing skeletal deformities such as bowed legs or knock knees,thickened wrists and ankles and breastbone projection
HOW IS RICKETS DIAGNOSED?
A paediatrician would observe these symptoms and do a blood test to check for deficiency of the above.
HOW IS RICKETS TREATED?
Treatment for rickets focuses on replacing the missing vitamin or mineral in the body. This will eliminate most of the symptoms associated with rickets. If skeletal deformities are present, the child may need braces to position their bones correctly as they grow. In severe cases, the child may need corrective surgery. For hereditary rickets, a combination of phosphate supplements and high levels of a special form of vitamin D are required to treat the disease.
DID YOU KNOW?
Rickets is rare in the United States. It can be prevented by consuming a balanced diet