When Should I Have My Child Checked for Low Bone Density?

Your doctor will tell you when your child should be checked for low bone density. In general, your child should be checked for low bone density if they have:

  • Low levels of vitamin D
  • Limited mobility or poor muscle tone
  • Had 2 or more broken bones (fractures) before age 10
  • Had 3 or more broken bones before age 19
  • Had a vertebral or spine fracture
  • Rett syndrome or other conditions that increase the risk of low bone density

How Do I Schedule an Appointment to Have My Child Checked for Low Bone Density?

If your child needs to be checked for low bone density, call the Pediatric Bone and Mineral Metabolism (BAMM) Disorders Clinic at MassGeneral Hospital for Children at 617-726-2909.

The BAMM Disorders Clinic cares for children who have low bone density and other disorders that affect bone health and how the body processes minerals, like vitamin D and calcium.

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