What is it?
Rickets is caused by a lack of vitamin D and calcium in a child’s diet. Both are needed for children to develop strong bones. Any child who does not get enough vitamin D or calcium can develop rickets. It is more common in children of Asian, African-Caribbean and Middle Eastern origin because their skin is darker and needs more sunlight to get enough vitamin D. Babies born prematurely are also at risk of developing rickets because babies build up stores of vitamin D while in the womb. Symptoms