Rickets is disease that affects the bones. It causes them to soften and weaken.
Rickets is caused by a vitamin D, calcium, or phosphorous shortage a child's body. This may occur when:
Less often, rickets can be caused by other disorders that affect vitamin D absorption or calcium metabolism
Rickets is more common in children aged 6-24 months. It is also more common in children of African American descent.
Factors that may increase your child's chances of getting rickets include:
Symptoms may include:
You will be asked about your child's symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done.
Your child's bodily fluids and bone may be tested. This can be done with:
Pictures may be taken of structures inside your child's body. This can be done with an
Treatment attempts to:
Treatment to relieve or correct symptoms and bone changes:
Treatment of the underlying cause may include:
To help reduce your child's chance of rickets:
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Healthy Children—American Academy of Pediatrics
The Hospital for Sick Children—About Kids Health
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Last reviewed May 2016 by Michael Woods, MD
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