Rickets

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Rickets is a disease in young children. It is caused by deficiency of vitamin D and calcium. Rickets causes larger gaps inside bones and turns them dry and spongy. It also makes a curve on the legs.

The word "rickets" comes from the Greek word rhakhis, which means "spine". People can get rickets if they:

  • have a dark skin colour
  • spend too little time outside
  • always wear sunscreen when going out
  • do not eat food containing vitamin D because of lactose intolerance or a strict vegetarian diet
  • cannot make or use vitamin D because of a medical disorder such as coeliac disease