Health Tip: Does Your Child Have Rickets?

Signs of vitamin or mineral deficiency

(HealthDay News) -- Rickets is a condition caused by a deficiency of vitamin D, calcium or phosphorus. Symptoms may include weak or deformed bones.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says common warning signs of rickets include:

  • Drowsiness.
  • Seizures.
  • Poor muscle tone.
  • Delays in growth and development.
  • Widened bones in the ankles or wrists.
  • Bowing of the legs.
  • Stooped posture.
  • Deformities in the ribs or chest, which could trigger lung infections.
Diana Kohnle

Related Articles

Learn More About Sharp
Sharp HealthCare is San Diego's health care leader with seven hospitals, two medical groups and a health plan. Learn more about our San Diego hospitals, choose a Sharp-affiliated San Diego doctor or browse our comprehensive medical services.

Health News is provided as a service to Sharp Web site users by HealthDay. Sharp HealthCare nor its employees, agents, or contractors, review, control, or take responsibility for the content of these articles. Please read the Terms of Use for more information.