Are there different types of rickets?
There are several subtypes of rickets, including hypophosphatemic rickets (vitamin-D-resistant rickets), renal or kidney rickets (renal osteodystrophy), and most commonly, nutritional rickets (caused by dietary deficiency of vitamin D, calcium, or phosphate).
What is the main cause of rickets?
The most common cause of rickets is a lack of vitamin D or calcium in a child’s diet. Both are essential for children to develop strong and healthy bones. Sources of vitamin D are: sunlight – your skin produces vitamin D when it’s exposed to the sun, and we get most of our vitamin D this way.
How do you fix rickets in babies?
As most cases of rickets are caused by a vitamin D and calcium deficiency, it’s usually treated by increasing a child’s intake of vitamin D and calcium.
- eating more foods that are rich in calcium and vitamin D.
- taking daily calcium and vitamin D supplements.
How can rickets be cured?
As most cases of rickets are caused by a vitamin D and calcium deficiency, it’s usually treated by increasing a child’s intake of vitamin D and calcium. Vitamin D and calcium levels can be increased by: eating more foods that are rich in calcium and vitamin D. taking daily calcium and vitamin D supplements.
What is the difference between vitamin D deficiency rickets?
Your child’s body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium and phosphorus from food. Rickets can occur if your child’s body doesn’t get enough vitamin D or if his or her body has problems using vitamin D properly. Occasionally, not getting enough calcium or lack of calcium and vitamin D can cause rickets.
Can adults get rickets disease?
Rickets is a condition that affects bone development in children. It causes bone pain, poor growth and soft, weak bones that can lead to bone deformities. Adults can experience a similar condition, which is known as osteomalacia or soft bones. Read more about the signs and symptoms of rickets and osteomalacia.