Calcium, vitamin D and Rickets
Calcium is a mineral and one of the essential elements to be found in nature. Bone growth and health depend upon adequate amounts of calcium as their structure is built from it. Calcium is also needed by the body for nerve and muscle function .
The body absorbs calcium with the aid of Vitamin D. This vitamin is found in fish, especially salmon, and in foods, such as cereals and milk, that have been fortified by it. Sunlight is also very important in aiding Vitamin D to absorb calcium and place it in the parts of the body where it is needed.
One of the most common diseases of childhood that results from inadequate sources of calcium and Vitamin D is rickets. Basically, this is a problem where the bones give up their calcium to other vital organ systems and as a result they become weak and well
Primarily, rickets results when there is a lack of Vitamin D to allow calcium and phosphorous, the elements of bone structure, to be absorbed into the body. It may also result if there is not enough calcium in the diet as well.
Deformities of the skeleton such as bowed legs.
Excess tiredness or weakness
When to see the doctor:
Anytime the above symptoms occur.
Rickets is most often treated by restoring adequate amounts of Vitamin D and calcium to the diet. Remember that sunlight is important as well.
By maintaining a diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals, Rockets, and many other disorders of childhood can be safely avoided.
Birth to 6 months 210 mg
7-12 months 270 mg
1-3 years 500 mg
4-8 years 800 mg