Tuesday 23 May 2017

Vitamin D for babies after rickets return

PARENTS are being urged to give new babies Vitamin D supplements to prevent the bone disorder rickets, which has re-emerged as a problem in Irish hospitals, writes Aideen Sheehan.

New parents should give their children a daily supplement of Vitamin D from birth to a year old.

Rickets causes a softening of bones, which can lead to deformities and fractures and a classic bow-legged appearance. It is a significant health problem in developing countries.

Vitamin D can be produced through the action of sunlight on the skin but our lack of sunshine in winter can inhibit this, according to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

Irish Independent

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