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?
Blood tests to check the amount of calcium and phosphate and bone x-rays to note bone deformities are used by a general physician to diagnose this disease.
HOW IS RICKETS TREATED?
In addition to calcium and Vitamin D supplements patients would be advised to increase their intake of foods that high in Vitamin D such as milk and eggs. Exposure to sunlight would also be advised.
DID YOU KNOW?
In some cases of bowlegs or spinal deformities, special bracing to position child's body is recommended while more severe skeletal deformities might require surgery.