Rickets is a skeletal disorder that’s caused by a lack of vitamin D, calcium, or phosphate. These nutrients are necessary for the growth of strong, healthy bones. Rickets can cause weak and mushy bones, delayed development, and skeletal malformations in extreme instances.
- pain or tenderness in the bones of the arms, legs, pelvis, or spine
- stunted growth and short stature
- bone fractures
- muscle cramps
Treatment for rickets focuses on replacing the missing vitamin or mineral in the body. This will take care of the most of the rickets symptoms. If your kid has a vitamin D deficit, your doctor would most likely advise them to get as much sun as possible. They will also advise kids to take vitamin D-rich foods like fish, liver, milk, and eggs.