Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Medical Mystery Of 9-month-old Infant Solved: Breastfed Baby Had Rickets

Date:
January 26, 2009
Source:
Boston University
Summary:
A-month-old infant who was admitted to a local Boston hospital with seizures and a bulging soft spot was actually suffering from rickets caused by vitamin D deficiency.

A researcher from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) has determined that a 9-month old infant who was admitted to a local Boston hospital with seizures and a bulging soft spot was actually suffering from rickets caused by vitamin D deficiency. This case study describing the findings appear in the January 22nd issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

A 9-month-old breast-fed male infant presented at a local hospital with a seizure after a few days of nasal congestion, diarrhea, and possible fever. Examination showed a bulging soft spot and a prominent forehead. Laboratory studies determined hypocalcemia, hypophosphatemia, and elevated alkaline phosphatase.

"In arriving at a diagnosis, we needed to consider the causes of seizures and the consequences of breast feeding without vitamin supplementation," said article author Michael Holick, MD, PhD, director of the General Clinical Research Center and professor of medicine, physiology and biophysics at BUSM and senior author of this case study.

According to Holick, who is an internationally recognized expert in vitamin D and skin research, this child had marked hypocalcemia, which could have caused his seizure. "Hypocalcemia has numerous causes and although rickets is a rare cause for this condition, it did merit consideration," he added.

Holick also pointed out that the child had received breast milk exclusively as his major nutrition for almost 9 months, which could result in several nutritional deficiencies, including iron and the fat soluble vitamins A, D, and K. Vitamin D deficiency as well as rickets have become resurgent in this country in recent years, particularly in infants who are solely breast fed.

"In addition, the mother was of African descent, and her dark skin puts her at risk for vitamin D deficiency, thus increasing the breast-fed child's risk of vitamin D deficiency," said Holick. There is essentially no vitamin D in human breast milk, on average about 25 IU per liter, meaning this child's mother would have needed to ingest at least 2,000 to 4,000 IU of vitamin D per day in order to transfer enough of the vitamin in her milk to satisfy the infant's requirement," added Holick.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Boston University. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Boston University. "Medical Mystery Of 9-month-old Infant Solved: Breastfed Baby Had Rickets." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 26 January 2009. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/01/090121174114.htm>.
Boston University. (2009, January 26). Medical Mystery Of 9-month-old Infant Solved: Breastfed Baby Had Rickets. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 24, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/01/090121174114.htm
Boston University. "Medical Mystery Of 9-month-old Infant Solved: Breastfed Baby Had Rickets." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/01/090121174114.htm (accessed April 24, 2014).

Share This



More Health & Medicine News

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Deadly Fungus Killing Bats, Spreading in US

Deadly Fungus Killing Bats, Spreading in US

AP (Apr. 24, 2014) A disease that has killed more than six million cave-dwelling bats in the United States is on the move and wildlife biologists are worried. White Nose Syndrome, discovered in New York in 2006, has now spread to 25 states. (April 24) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Companies Ramp Up Wellness to Lower Health Costs

Companies Ramp Up Wellness to Lower Health Costs

AP (Apr. 24, 2014) That little voice telling you to exercise, get in shape and get healthy is probably coming from your boss. More companies are beefing up wellness programs to try and cut down their health care costs. (April 24) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Blood From World's Oldest Woman Suggests Life Limit

Blood From World's Oldest Woman Suggests Life Limit

Newsy (Apr. 24, 2014) Scientists say for the extremely elderly, their stem cells might reach a state of exhaustion. This could limit one's life span. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
FDA Wants To Ban Sales Of E-Cigarettes To Minors

FDA Wants To Ban Sales Of E-Cigarettes To Minors

Newsy (Apr. 24, 2014) The Food and Drug Administration wants to crack down on the use of e-cigarettes, banning the sale of the product to minors. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins