Lack of summer sun could cause rickets in children
Britain’s washout summer could cause a rickets epidemic in children, doctors have warned.
The record rainfall throughout April, May and June – with more forecast until September – has robbed youngsters of vitamin D.
Regular sunlight is needed for the production of the vitamin, which keeps growing bones healthy and strong.
But heavy cloud cover and wet days this summer have left little opportunity for the nutrient to be produced naturally, say experts.
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Doctors now fear that there could be a rise among youngsters with illnesses such as rickets, fractured bones, MS and sudden infant death.
Dr Nicola Balch, an associate specialist in child health at the British Medical Association, said: “We have been aware of the problem in Scotland for a number of years.
“People need just 20 to 30 minutes of sun three or four times a week to ensure they get enough vitamin D, but obviously with our weather it can be impossible to get this.”