Rickets

  • Alternative Names

    Osteomalacia in children; Vitamin D deficiency; Renal rickets; Hepatic rickets


    Prevention

    You can prevent rickets by making sure that your child gets enough calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D in the diet. People who have gastrointestinal or other disorders may need to take supplements. Ask your child's health care provider.

    Kidney (renal) causes of poor vitamin D absorption should be treated right away. People who have renal disorders should have their calcium and phosphorus levels monitored regularly.

    Genetic counseling may help people who have a family history of inherited disorders that can cause rickets.


    References

    Greenbaum LA. Rickets and hypervitaminosis D. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 18th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 48.


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