Belfast Telegraph

Friday 24 October 2014

Vitamin D for babies after rickets return

Parents are being urged to give new babies Vitamin D supplements to prevent the bone disorder rickets.

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 lack of sunshine in winter can inhibit this, according to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

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