Thursday 22 February 2018

Rise in rickets as children shun outdoors

Changing lifestyles among children is leading to a vitamin D deficiency and a rise in cases of rickets, medical experts said yesterday.

They said youngsters were spending more time indoors than previous generations, who played outside with friends.

Simon Pearce, a professor of endocrinology, called for vitamin D to be added to milk.

Rickets, where children develop bow-legs and do not grow properly, is a condition usually linked with poverty, starvation, Victorian times, or with those in the developing world. The main source of vitamin D is sunlight. But it is also present in oily fish and cod liver oil.

Irish Independent

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