Rickets

Friday, June 10, 2011

Rickets is a disorder caused by a lack of vitamin D, calcium or phosphate. It leads to softening and weakening of the bones. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Rickets is a bone problem that affects children. It happens when your childs bones do not form correctly. Rickets can make your childs bones hurt, and the bones can bend and break easily.

Children can inherit rickets from a parent. Sometimes it relates to what your child eats. This is called nutritional rickets. It can happen when your child doesnt get enough vitamin D and calcium to make strong bones.

If your child was born early or has certain illnesses, such as kidney or intestinal disease, he or she has a higher risk of getting rickets.

Young babies with rickets can be fussy and have soft skulls. Infants and toddlers may not develop, walk or grow well. Older children may have bone pain and bowed legs, or their wrists and knees may get wider.

Treatment depends on the type of rickets your child has. Your doctor will find out why your child has rickets and treat the cause.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.