Prevention of rickets

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Rickets is a disease of the growing organism. Most often rickets sick children aged from two months to three years. In premature infants rickets is more common and is determined, as a rule, in the first weeks after birth. The kid for no apparent reason behaves restlessly, not sleeping, appetite he goes down, the head sweats, pillow on which he was sleeping, it becomes wet. Increased perspiration causes itching and irritation of the skin, which increases anxiety. Even at rest, baby all the time shakes head and rubs it on the pillow. From this neck appears baldness. All these features indicate that suffers the most sensitive to any changes in the body's nervous system.
If at this time not to help the child, the disease is progressing rapidly. Bone patient bad impregnated with mineral salts, in particular salts of phosphorus and calcium. They become soft and flexible. First of all softened the edge of a large fontanel (head)that in healthy children overgrown by 1 to 1.5 years, and in rickets much later - at 2-3 years. The chest of the patient rickets as if compressed from sides and protrudes forward, "chicken Breasts. Squeezed light bad deal and cannot fully participate in breathing, oxygen deficiency occurs. This contributes to the frequent occurrence of pneumonia.
Excessive softness bones can cause curvature of legs. In addition, improper accumulation of salts, lime promotes the formation of bones thickening and hillocks, and in the area of frontal and parietal bones it gives head square, and on the edges - the kind of nuts, the so-called "beads". In children suffering from rickets, much later teeth erupt, they have violated the bite, and this prevents the normal chewing of food.
A child suffering from severe form of rickets, flabby muscles, constantly distended abdomen, sluggish, slow-twitch heart. Due to softening of the vertebrae and muscle weakness can occur curvature of the spine and even education rachitic hump.
What is the cause of this disease? How to protect children from rickets?
It is now well established that the main cause of rickets is a lack of vitamin D, regulating mineral metabolism. Formed vitamin D in the skin of a child under the influence of sunlight, or introduced into the body with food. Therefore, the occurrence of rickets contributes to a lack of child's stay in the air and sun. In addition, harm to the proper development of the baby swaddling, chilling his movements that violate normal blood circulation and makes it hard to breathe.
A severe form of rickets leads to the retardation of the child in the physical and mental development. Such children start much later than healthy children, to sit, stand and speak.
I had to treat children with symptoms of rickets. One of them I long remembered. He was 5.5 months. But he would not give and two.
The baby was born premature, too bad they took a chest, gradually the mother began to disappear milk, baby sooner was transferred on artificial feeding; and as he was very weak, his parents "protected": overly wrapped up, fed "hard", randomly, each time a child crying. Can we wonder that he not only after meals, but almost all the time spewed their and not recovered. Soon after discharge from the maternity hospital, the child is sick, and since then he has not been cold. In this regard, baby bathed very rarely, perhaps, not more often than two times a month, and to walk because of rhinitis not carried out. In the last month of the child became particularly capricious, restless, very bad ate.