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What are the treatment options for rickets?

Depending on the cause of a child's rickets, treatment options may vary. If a vitamin D deficiency is the cause, increasing vitamin D, calcium, and phosphorus intake through dietary changes or supplements can help improve symptoms relatively quickly. Increased exposure to sunlight may also be suggested. If another disorder is the cause, doctors will work to treat this condition to help the rickets' symptoms.

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What are the symptoms of rickets?
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How common is rickets?
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Should I talk to my doctor about rickets?
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How is rickets and vitamin D associated?
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