Sarah Shahi; Ms. Jones; April 16th

What is Rickets?

Rickets is a disorder in which bones in children soften to the point of fractures and deformities (Sedico, 2004). This disorder will develop during early stages of life. A similar disorder is found in adults and it is called Osteomalacia (Dr. Paterson, 2012).

Causes of Rickets

  • Lack of Vitamin D
  • This lack of Vitamin D will cause the body to release calcium and phosphate from the bones, this is what causes the bones to soften
  • Children who are breastfed too much are at higher risk of Rickets, since human milk lacks Vitamin D

Symptoms of Rickets

These are some of the physical symptoms of Rickets

Some non-physical symptoms of Rickets include:

  • Bone pain and/or tenderness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping

Who is at risk?

  • Children and Babies
  • Darker skinned people
  • People who are not exposed to the sun
  • Vegetarians

Daily Recommended Intake

This chart shows how much Vitamin D one needs, based on age

How to Prevent Rickets

Sunlight is a very good source of Vitamin D and an easy way to make sure you get the daily recommended intake. Other foods such as fish, milk, and whole grains are also high in Vitamin D.

How Common are Rickets?

Rickets used to be very common in the 1950's, but they are rare in North America in the 21st century. Although, there has been an increasing amount of children with Rickets in the past 25 years.

In conclusion, the main nutrients that are responsible for this disorder are Vitamin D, Calcium and Phosphate. Rickets is a serious disorder, but if caught at the early stages, can be treated by just increasing your Vitamin D intake.

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