Diet for Rickets

Since rickets is caused by a deficiency of vitamin D, calcium or phosphorus, a diet for rickets is the primary component of any form of treatment of the condition. It is recommended that one supplement any deficiency through foods rich in vitamin D. Good dietary sources of vitamin D include:

  • Cod liver oil
  • Salmon
  • Mackerel
  • Tuna
  • Egg yolks
  • Yoghurt
  • Liver
  • Margarine
  • Foods fortified with vitamin D like orange juice, milk, and cereals

A diet for rickets should also include foods high in calcium such as:

  • Milk
  • Yoghurt
  • Cheese
  • Green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale
  • Green vegetables such as broccoli
  • Dried fruits
  • Wholemeal bread
  • Beans and pulses

A diet rich in phosphorus is also essential for healthy bones and proper growth. This includes foods such as:

  • Dairy products
  • Eggs
  • Salmon
  • Halibut
  • Whole wheat
  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
In case a person follows a vegetarian diet, it is necessary to include vitamin D and mineral supplements to prevent any deficiencies.