What Happens When Vitamin D Levels Are Too Low?
In infants and young children, severe vitamin D deficiency can lead to rickets. Rickets is a condition in which the growth plates develop abnormally. This can lead to bowing (arching or curving) of the legs.
Children with rickets can also have the following symptoms:
- Swollen and painful wrists and ribs
- Prominent forehead (forehead that is more noticeable than usual)
If vitamin D is too low, bones can also develop osteomalacia (softening of the bones), which can be painful and make the bones more likely to fracture (break).
Finally, if vitamin D is too low, the body may have low calcium levels in the blood. This can cause feelings of “pins and needles”, muscle cramps and seizures.
- About Vitamin D Deficiency
- How Much Vitamin D Children Need
- Effects of Low Vitamin D Levels