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Can rickets be prevented?

In most cases, rickets is preventable by maintaining proper levels of vitamin D, calcium, and phosphorus in the body. This is usually accomplished through proper diet and moderate exposure to sunlight. For infants, who should avoid sunlight and who may be breastfeeding, a daily dose of 400 international units of vitamin D is recommended beginning within the first two months. Preventing rickets may be more difficult for someone with hypophosphatemic rickets, a hereditary condition that affects how the kidney processes phosphorus. In these cases, proper medical attention should be sought to avoid complications.

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