Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency in Children.
All these doom and gloom predictions on Vitamin D deficiency will get any parent concerned for their child’s well-being. When should you suspect a deficiency?
If your child adheres to the risk factors previously discussed it may be worth-while to have your child’s physician investigate your concern.
Other symptoms of a Vitamin D deficiency in children are:
- Muscle spasm ( due to lack of calcium) are sometimes the first indication of the next symptom,
- Rickets – a condition in which the bones of a child is soft and can become mis-formed and fracture easily.
- Infants with Rickets often have a soft skull and fontanelle’s fail to close. (Fontanelle’s are holes between the scull bones which normally close around 12 to 14 months of age.)
- Older babies with Rickets start to sit and crawl late.
- Children between 1 and4 years may be slow to walk. Walking may be painful.
- Bone deformities may occur such as knock knees or an abnormally curved spine or legs.
- Fractures may occur easily.
- Teething may be delayed.
- Breathing problems could occur due to weakened chest muscles and a soft rib-cage.
These symptoms are not always easy to pin-point until the deficiency has become severe.