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Pictures of a Vitamin Deficiency Disease Known as Rickets
Overview of Rickets
In countries like Australia, Canada, England, and the USA — vitamin deficiency illnesses are all but wiped out. In a large part due to public awareness campaigns, smarter parenting, and advancements in science. Conditions like Rickets, cleft palates, and club feet are now considered "third world" birth defects or childhood illnesses. Much credited is due in part to nonprofit organizations such as the, March of Dimes Foundation.
Most sun worshipers love basking in the hot summer sun, because it naturally makes them feel better. Sunshine is the number source of vitamin D. As little as 10 minutes of exposure is thought to be enough to prevent deficiencies. Which often is the causes of major skeletal deformities. In adults, vitamin D deficiency can lead to Osteomalacia, which results in muscular weakness in addition to weak bones. So not only does the warm glow of the summer sunshine, also makes us feel better about ourselves. It is important to livimg a healthy, happy, life.
Unlike childhood arthritis, Rickets causes the bones to soften. The number one source for Vitamin D for babies, is found in their mother's breast milk. Surprisingly enough, breast fed babies are at a higher risk of developing a Vitamin D deficiency, than that of bottle fed infants. Mothers who have no sunlight exposure, need to consume Vitamin D supplements when breast feeding. Breast fed infants also need more direct sunlight, when the mother isn't getting enough sunshine in her daily diet either.
Babies lactose intolerant need to be seen by a registered Pediatrician. Lactose intolerant children have no way of storing Vitamin D in their systems. Calcium build up and absorption in the body is added by Vitamin D. Without a sufficient amount of Vitamin D in their bellies, the calcium cannot be collected, and absorbed into the baby's bones. Causing the bone mass to become soft, pliable, and frail.
Their has been speculation that naturally born red heads have a decreased risk for developing rickets. This decrease risk is caused by their bodies producing greater amounts of vitamin D from sunshine, than dark hair children do. Congenital Rickets is a birth defect caused during pregnancy, when the mother has low vitamin D levels in her body.