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Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD)

Other Names for this Disease
  • Hypovitaminosis D
  • Nutritional rickets
  • Vitamin D deficiency disease
  • Vitamin-D deficiency rickets
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What causes rickets?

Rickets is caused by a lack of vitamin D. A child might not get enough vitamin D if he or she:[1]
  • Has dark skin
  • Spends too little time outside
  • Has on sunscreen all the time when out of doors
  • Doesn't eat foods containing vitamin D because of lactose intolerance or a strict vegetarian diet
  • Is breastfed without receiving vitamin D supplements
  • Can't make or use vitamin D because of a medical disorder such as celiac disease
  • Has an inherited disorder that affects vitamin D levels
  • Last updated: 7/26/2013

    1. Rickets. MedlinePlus Web site. September 9, 2007; Accessed 4/14/2008.