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Why Vitamin D is Essential for Child Bone Growth

In infants and children, severe vitamin D deficiency results in the failure of bone to mineralize. Rapidly growing bones are most severely affected by rickets, a condition that weakens the bones. The growth plates of bones continue to enlarge, but in the absence of adequate mineralization, weight-bearing limbs (arms and legs) become bowed. In infants, rickets may result in delayed closure of the fontanelles (soft spots) in the skull, and the rib cage may become deformed due to the pulling action of the diaphragm. In severe cases, low serum calcium levels (hypocalcemia) may cause seizures. Although fortification of foods has led to complacency regarding vitamin D deficiency, nutritional rickets is still being reported in cities throughout the world.  You can help ensure sufficient vitamin D in children not wearing sunscreen by reasonable and routine exposure to sunlight daily, starting with 2 to 3 minutes working up to 15 minutes per day.

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