Cause of Rickets: lack of vitamin D in the human body. Vitamin D is needed for the body’s absorption of calcium and phosphorus.

Rickets is one of the nutritional diseases, where maknourishment can cause physical pain and injury

Higher risk persons:  Children are the highest risk of rickets because they are still in the growing phase and as the bones are growing the needed vitamins and calcium that helps bones grow strong are not present causing the legs to bow out. People don’t t get enough vitamin D if they live in a region with little sunlight, follow a vegetarian diet, or don't drink milk products.

Symptoms of rickets:

  • pain in the bones of the arms, legs, pelvis, or spine
  • stunted growth and short stature
  • bone fractures
  • muscle cramps
  • skeletal irregularities, including:
    • an oddly shaped skull
    • pelvic deformities
    • legs that bow inwards
    • a protruding breastbone
    • bumps in the ribcage
    • a curved spine
  • teeth irregularities including:
    • delayed tooth development
    • holes in the enamel
    • defects in the tooth structure
    • an increased number of cavities
    • abscesses



Medication:  cholecalciferol can be given as supplements for rickets to be prevented. Vitamin D3, Ddrops Kids, Delta-D3 ar examples as some given.

  • Complications:  Severely low calcium levels in the blood can lead to cramps, seizures, and breathing problems. In severe cases, untreated, long-term nutritional rickets can increase the risk of very breakable bones. 


  • Have a diet that consists of calcium, phosphorous, and vitamin D, such as salmon, sardines, egg yolks, mushrooms and other given food that has a high amount of vitamin D..
  • Spend time in the sun to get exposure from the sun.
  • Take vitamin D supplements









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