Rickets by ProQuest


Many babies who are breastfed and are not exposed to sunlight develop rickets because breast milk does not have sufficient amount of vitamin D. Since sunlight is required for a baby to produce vitamin D, an absence of sunlight means the baby is not able to produce vitamin D. Rickets is more common in dark-skinned babies who do not receive sufficient exposure to sunlight. Older children may also require supplementation of their diets with calcium and vitamin D. In order to prevent rickets in older children, it is essential that they have a diet rich in vitamin D and calcium, nutrients that can be found in fortified dairy products.

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