(PRWEB UK) 8 November 2013 The Government is considering offering vitamins to all children in the UK under the age of five, due to rising cases of rickets. ( http://dexpr.es/1d0TRtl ) Currently people on lower incomes qualify for vitamins through the Healthy Start Scheme on the NHS but fears about the rising number of children developing rickets, which is caused by a lack of Vitamin D, has prompted a rethink. England’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies has asked the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to examine whether all children should receive drops or tablets containing vitamins A, C and D. ( http://bbc.in/1a8kw8U ) ChemistDirect Pharmacist Marian Nasr said: The NHS currently recommends all youngsters aged six months to five years to be given daily vitamin drops. But figures show that up to a quarter of the population has low levels of vitamin D in their blood, and the majority of pregnant women do not take vitamin D supplements. Rickets causes the bones to soften and become prone to fractures and deformities. ( http://bit.ly/8FvN8g ) However, some children may have an increased risk of rickets such as those who cover most of their body fro religious or cultural reasons, never go outside without sunscreen, or have naturally very dark skin.
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Dr. Craig Langman of Northwestern University said some small studies suggested vitamin D deficiency was rampant in U.S. populations but that it was more common for doctors to see children with subtler forms of nutrient deficiency as opposed to rickets. “It’s a product of our changed society,” said Dr. Laura Tosi, an orthopedic surgeon at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. “Kids with rickets are children who don’t have exposure to safe places to play and (who) stop drinking milk as soon as they’re weaned,” she said.
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