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Your waddling baby could have a common disease called Rickets

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Does your baby waddle like a duck when he walks? If your child appears to have bowed legs it may be a sign of Rickets. This is a commonality amongst children in America but can easily be fixed with some old fashioned vitamin D and some TLC.

A condition called Rickets is due to extreme vitamin D deficiency in infants and children. Vitamin D deficiency prevents fast growing bones to mineralize. Legs which are weight –bearing limbs become bowed.

Breast fed infants have been found to have inadequate levels of vitamin D. Human breast milk provides 25 International Units (IU) of vitamin D per liter, which is insufficient amounts. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all infants that are not consuming at least 16 ounces of vitamin D fortified formula or milk be given a vitamin D supplement of 400 IU per day.

The best solution is to get your children out into the sun. Sunlight is the best source of vitamin D because it will fulfill your entire vitamin D requirement. If you can't make it into the sun, take some vitamin D supplements. A simple blood test will determine if your child's vitamin D level is within normal limits.



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