Signs and symptoms of rickets may include:

  • Delayed growth
  • Pain in the spine, pelvis and legs
  • Muscle weakness

Because rickets softens the growth plates at the ends of a child's bones, it can cause skeletal deformities such as:

  • Bowed legs
  • Thickened wrists and ankles
  • Breastbone projection

When to see a doctor

Talk to your doctor if your child develops bone pain, muscle weakness or obvious skeletal deformities.

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