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  • Rickets is a preventable bone disease that affects infants and young children and causes soft and weakened bones.
  • Rickets is caused by a lack of vitamin D, calcium or phosphorus.
  • Vitamin D deficiency can occur as a result of having dark skin, lack of exposure of the skin to sunlight, nutritional deficiencies and disorders of the liver, kidney or small intestine.
  • Treatment options include improved sunlight exposure, diet, vitamin D and mineral supplements.

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Reviewed on: 31-03-2014