Rickets | Treatment


How is rickets treated?

Treatment depends on the type of rickets your child has. Rickets caused by nutritional deficiencies is treated with vitamin D and calcium. Your child’s pain and muscle weakness will probably get better within a few weeks of treatment. If your child has inherited rickets or has an illness causing the problem, you may need to see a doctor who specializes in rickets.

If your child has bone deformities caused by rickets, he or she may need braces or surgery to correct the problem.


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