Rickets Index

Featured: Rickets Main Article

Rickets is caused by a deficiency of vitamin D, calcium or phosphate. Infants and children who are exclusively breastfed, have dark skin, and infants born to mothers who are vitamin D deficient are most at risk for developing rickets. Symptoms and signs of rickets include bone pain, delayed teeth formation, short stature, skeletal deformities (bowlegs, abnormally shaped skull), and decreased muscle strength. Treatment of rickets depends upon the cause, but the first step usually involves correcting any abnormal levels of calcium, phosphate, or vitamin D with supplements.

Patient Discussions - Viewers share their comments

Medications

    Related Diseases & Conditions

    • Osteopenia Osteopenia is a bone condition characterized by bone loss that is not as severe as in osteoporosis. Bone fracture is the typical...learn more »
      In This Article
      Osteopenia Article
      • Osteopenia facts
      • What is osteopenia?
      • What causes osteopenia?
      • What are osteopenia symptoms and signs?
      • Why is osteopenia important?
      • When should I see my doctor for osteopenia?
      • How is osteopenia diagnosed?
      • Who should be tested for osteopenia?
      • What is the treatment for osteopenia?
      • What follow-up is needed after treatment of osteopenia has been initiated?
      • Can osteopenia be prevented?
      • What is the prognosis of osteopenia?
    • Vitamin D Deficiency Vitamin D deficiency has been linked with rickets, cancer, cardiovascular disease, severe asthma in children and cognitive...learn more »
    • Breastfeeding and Formula Feeding It's important to know whether you will breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby prior to delivery, as the breasts' ability to produce...learn more »
      In This Article
      Breastfeeding and Formula Feeding Article
      • Breastfeeding facts
      • When should we decide about breastfeeding?
      • Why is the choice so important?
      • What are the advantages and disadvantages of breastfeeding?
      • What are the advantages and disadvantages of formula feeding?
      • Can we use both forms of feedings for our baby?
      • Is there any special preparation required for breastfeeding?
      • When can breastfeeding begin?
      • What is the proper technique for breastfeeding?
      • When should breast pumps be used?
      • Should certain foods be avoided while breastfeeding?
      • Clogged milk ducts
      • Sore nipples
      • When should one seek medical care for problems with breastfeeding?
      • Can supplements or medications increase a low milk supply?
      • Is it possible to breastfeed while pregnant?
      • Is smoking harmful when breastfeeding?
      • Do breast implants, surgeries, or reductions affect breastfeeding?
      • How should one wean a baby from breastfeeding?
    • Renal Osteodystrophy Renal osteodystrophy is a bone disease. The kidneys fail to maintain required levels of phosphorous and calcium in the blood....learn more »
      In This Article
      Renal Osteodystrophy Article
      • Renal osteodystrophy facts*
      • What is renal osteodystrophy?
      • Hormones and Minerals
      • How is renal osteodystrophy diagnosed?
      • How is osteodystrophy treated?
      • For more information about renal osteodystrophy
    • Seizure (Epilepsy) Epilepsy is a brain disorder in which the person has seizures. There are two kinds of seizures, focal and generalized. There are...learn more »
      In This Article
      Seizure (Epilepsy) Article
      • Epilepsy Facts*
      • Introduction
      • What is epilepsy?
      • What causes epilepsy?
      • What are the different kinds of seizures?
      • Focal seizures
      • Generalized seizures
      • What are the different kinds of epilepsy?
      • When are seizures not epilepsy?
      • First seizures
      • Febrile seizures
      • Nonepileptic events
      • Eclampsia
      • How is epilepsy diagnosed?
      • Can epilepsy be prevented?
      • How can epilepsy be treated?
      • How does epilepsy affect daily life?
      • Are there special risks associated with epilepsy?
      • What research is being done on epilepsy?
      • How can I help research on epilepsy?
      • What to do if you see someone having a seizure
      • Conclusion
      • Where can I get more information?
    • Broken Bone (Types of Bone Fractures) A broken bone is a fracture. There are different types of fractures such as compressed, open, stress, greenstick, spiral,...learn more »
      In This Article
      Broken Bone (Types of Bone Fractures) Article
      • What is a broken bone (fracture)?
      • What causes a broken bone?
      • What are the most common types of broken bones?
      • Compression fracture
      • Skull fracture
      • Stress fracture
      • What are the most common bones that are broken?
      • Broken hand or fingers
      • Broken wrist
      • Broken hip
      • Broken leg
      • Broken toe
      • Broken shoulder
      • What are the signs and symptoms of a broken bone?
      • When should I call a doctor if I think I have broken a bone?
      • How is a broken bone diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for a broken bone?
      • What about surgery for a broken bone?
      • How can fractures be prevented?
      • What is the prognosis for a broken bone?

Related FAQs, Doctor's & Expert's Views

Health & Living

Health News

View All 13 Rickets Health News »

Health Features

Tools & References

View All 5 Rickets References »

FDA Drug Labels on RxList.com