Rickets cases on the rise in children (Photo Source: Terma Foundation)
Doctors said that before the lockdown, the children who used to come to the hospital suffering from rickets were mostly from poor families and the cause of the disease in them was malnutrition, but now children from affluent families are also getting rickets.
The cases of Rickets i.e. rickets are increasing in Delhi since last year. Not only children from poor families, but also children of affluent families are falling prey to this bone disease. The Indian Spinal Injury Center (ISIC) said in a statement that it has been receiving about 12 cases of rickets every month for the past one year, which is a 300 percent increase in the disease. The age of these patients is from 2 to 12 years.
According to the statement issued by the center, “For the past one year, an average of 12 children are coming to the hospital every month, who complain of pain in bones or joints and their investigation has confirmed to be suffering from rickets.”
What is this dry disease, what are its causes?
Rickets or rickets is a bone disease in children caused by deficiency of vitamin D, calcium and phosphorus. In this, bone pain, weakening or softening of bones and other deformities come. Rickets causes bow leg deformity and knee knee deformity (knees colliding while walking) in children. Due to this, the legs of the children become crooked.
Doctors say that due to staying indoors for a long time, sunlight does not fall on the body, there is a lack of vitamin D in the body and due to this, they are getting rickets. Doctors refused to accept malnutrition as the cause.
Parents don’t even know
The doctors of the center said that before the COVID lockdown, the children who used to come to the hospital suffering from rickets were mostly from poor families and the cause of the disease in them was malnutrition, but now children from affluent families are also getting rickets.
The hospital said, “The parents are also not aware of this disease and they bring the child to us when the children start having difficulty in everyday activities due to pain or weakness in the spine, pelvis or legs. In some children, it can also cause deformities in the body, such as twisting of the feet or knees.”
Lockdown became the reason, what is the necessary advice
Dr Surbhit Rastogi said that sunlight is the biggest source of Vitamin D and it has had a good effect on these children. He said, “Rickets is not a common disease in a tropical country like India because there is enough sunlight here. Before the COVID lockdown, we used to get three-four cases of rickets in a month, most of them from poor families and malnutrition was the reason for their illness.
Doctors say that in the last one year, due to the lockdown, the children have almost stopped coming out of the house. Because of this, they have stopped getting vitamin D naturally. Doctors advise that children should get light sunlight in the morning. Keeping in mind the COVID protocol, that is, wearing a mask and keeping a distance, there is no harm in walking in the park.