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How does rickets affect the body?

The two areas of the body most affected by rickets are the bones and the teeth, both of which rely on calcium and phosphorus for healthy growth. As rickets develops, children may experience aches and pains in their spine, legs, or pelvis. The limbs, especially the legs, do not grow properly, which can lead to bowing and stunted growth. Children are more prone to cavities and other dental issues. Weak bones make fractures more likely, too.

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