Rickets causes and symptoms
We always meet a situation in pediatric polyclinics that parents with a baby to do a routine physical examination. They were told suddenly that their children have rickets by their doctor. The doctor also told them the rickets is some kind of bone disease presents several symptoms include ping-pong head, squared skull, a curved spine, protruding breastbone and other strange symptoms that make parents bewildered and overstress. In this article, we will explain what is the rickets with skeletal abnormalities and how they happened to our children.
Main causes of rickets
vitamin D deficiency in children rickets
As we know that the occurrence of rickets in children is mainly due to vitamin D deficiency cause calcium and phosphorus metabolism barriers. So in this situation, calcium and phosphorus can not normally absorb from the intestine and deposited in the bone growth area in children bone. It causes incomplete bone calcification and bone-like tissue accumulation.
If this occurs in the period of growth and development of infants and children, the symptoms of bone is particularly evident.
Symptoms of rickets.
A Ping-Pong head in ricket: For example, the ping-pong head, in fact, it is the softening of the skull plate. When we use the thumb to press the child’s occipital bone softly, we will find the obvious retraction of softening bone. When we remove the pressure from this are, it will restore as it is before. This is why doctor’s called it ping-pong head in clinically.
Ping-pong head often occurs within 6 months till 36 months baby, because during this period the skull bone development is extremely rapid.
A protruding breast bone in rickets: 6 months after birth, with the development of thoracic bone, the abnormalities of rickets getting prominent. A protruding breast bone will be seen in this situation.
There are also other symptoms in rickets children like a muscle cramp, pain and tenderness in arm bone, leg bone or spine, easily bone fracture, delayed tooth formation, defects in tooth structure, bowlegs, curved spine.