October 24, 2014

World Pediatric Bone & Joint Day

Doctors across the country are seeing more children with bone and joint problems. Dr. Paul Esposito is the Clinical Service Chief of Orthopedics at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha and says coincides with a startling increase in the frequency of severe vitamin D deficiency in children worldwide. Reports show this deficiency can have a devastating impact on a child’s bone strength.

Dr. Esposito says the body needs vitamin D to help the body absorb calcium from our diet. The body gets vitamin D from sunlight and Dr. Esposito says children are not spending sufficient time outdoors and when they are sunscreen is used.

Reports show the bone fracture rate in children increased over the past 20 years. Children without adequate vitamin D can have weak bones, stunted growth or arms and legs that may not grow straight.

Dr. Esposito says the body can make sufficient vitamin D with just a few minutes of sun exposure a day. He says another option is a supplement but recommends talking to a doctor first.

Friday, October 19th is World PB&J Day – World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day.