Rickets is a skeletal disorder that results from a lack of vitamin D, calcium, or phosphate. These nutrients are important for the development of strong, healthy bones. People with rickets can have weak and soft bones, stunted growth, and, in severe cases, skeletal deformities. It is a condition that affects bone development in children.
HOW IS RICKETS DIAGNOSED?
Physical examination of skull,legs,chest,wrists and ankles.X-rays of the affected bones can reveal bone deformities. Blood and urine tests can confirm a diagnosis of rickets and also monitor the progress of treatment.
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?
This disorder is very common among children between the ages of 6-36 months.