Treatment for Rickets

The aim of any treatment for rickets is to correct the underlying cause of the condition and relieve any symptoms. Treating the cause of the condition will also prevent rickets from recurring. Effective treatment for rickets includes:

  • Replacing the deficiency of calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D by changing the diet
  • Increasing the exposure to sunlight
  • Taking vitamin D supplements in case the rickets are caused by a metabolic problem
  • Calcium supplements
  • A vitamin D injection may be needed on an annual basis in children who have suffered from rickets and fall in the high-risk category
  • In case of skeletal deformities, a brace may be need to reduce or repair any damage
  • In severe cases, corrective surgery may be required to repair bone deformities
  • For hypophosphatemic rickets, a combination of phosphate supplements and a special form of vitamin D is given
  • In case rickets have developed as a result of kidney damage, dialysis may be required
A doctor, on the basis of the age and weight of the patient and the severity of the condition determines the dosage of vitamin D and calcium supplements. In rare cases, when vitamin D, calcium and phosphorus supplements are taken in very high doses, it can cause a condition known as hypercalcaemia. Symptoms of this condition include excessive urination, reduced appetite, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, unexplained thirst, and headaches. If these symptoms occur following any form of rickets treatment, contact your doctor immediately.