Rickets: Why Are Newborns Dying From Vitamin D Deficiency? by Joy Stephenson-Laws JD

Rickets: Why Are Newborns Dying From Vitamin D Deficiency?

“I had not been informed of the need for infant vitamin D supplementation, or that we were at greater risk due to having dark skin, and I had no idea how catastrophic the effects of a vitamin deficiency can be.”

These are the words of Beverley Thahane, a 37-year-old mother in the U.K., who lost her 6-month-old baby, Noah, to a severe vitamin D deficiency. Due to his deficiency, baby Noah developed rickets and reportedly died of cardiac arrest. Thahane said Noah had been suffering from unexplained seizures.

“Rickets is a condition that causes children to have soft, weak bones. It usually occurs when children do not get enough vitamin D, which helps growing bones absorb important nutrients [like calcium and phosphorus],” according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

How common is rickets? This is actually not an easy question to answer, because rickets is not a reportable disease in the United States and national data are unavailable.

Baby Noah's death was completely preventable. It has been suggested that health-care professionals tell every pregnant woman to take vitamin D supplements.

Read more about vitamin D deficiency and rickets via phLabs.

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Elisa Schmitz
Oh, my. I didn't know much about rickets. Thank you for this helpful info, Joy Stephenson-Laws JD !

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