Health Tip: Lack of Vitamin D Can Cause Rickets

Make sure your child gets enough

Please note: This article was published more than one year ago. The facts and conclusions presented may have since changed and may no longer be accurate. And "More information" links may no longer work. Questions about personal health should always be referred to a physician or other health care professional.

(HealthDay News) -- Vitamin D is needed to help the body absorb calcium and build strong, healthy bones. The vitamin is particularly important for growing children, who need plenty of calcium for good bone health.

Lack of vitamin D can lead to rickets, a condition characterized by soft or weak bones, pain or tenderness in the limbs or spine, and bone deformities such as bowlegs. A child with rickets may also have dental problems including abnormal tooth formation and cavities.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine says treatment usually involves dietary changes to include more vitamin D-rich foods -- such as fish, liver and milk -- and increased exposure to sunlight. Braces on the legs or spine may be needed to counter bone deformities.

--

Last Updated: