Rickets | Prevention


How can I keep my child from getting nutritional rickets?

Be sure your child gets enough vitamin D and calcium. If you breastfeed your baby, your doctor will prescribe a vitamin supplement that includes vitamin D (because human milk only has a small amount of vitamin D). If your baby gets less than 16 ounces of formula per day, he or she will also need extra vitamin D. If you have an older child who has rickets, offer him or her vitamin-D fortified foods (such as breakfast cereals and orange juice) and foods that are high in calcium (such as milk, cheese, and salad greens). Do not give your child vitamin supplements unless they are recommended by your doctor.

Your doctor can tell you about how much time in the sun is safe for your child. Remember that infants and babies should be protected from direct sunlight.


Rickets: Not a Disease of the Past by LS Nield, M.D., P Mahajan, M.D., M.P.H., A Joshi, M.D., and D Kamat, M.D., PH.D. (American Family Physician August 15, 2006, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060815/619.html)

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Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 09/06