Vitamin D deficiency in mothers of rachitic infants

Calcif Tissue Int. 1984 May;36(3):266-8. doi: 10.1007/BF02405328.


The existence of nutritional deficiency rickets among infants in sunny Riyadh was confirmed radiologically. Most of the rachitic infants were breast-fed, some received unsupplemented infant feeding formulae, and all live in an environment that is devoid of sunlight. Their mean age at the time of onset was 10.5 months. 25-Hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) levels were found to be low in mothers of the rachitic infants. This maternal deficiency as a factor in pathogenesis of rickets in the infant is discussed. Proposals are made to prevent the occurrence of rickets on this scale.

MeSH terms

  • Breast Feeding
  • Calcifediol / blood
  • Child, Preschool
  • Clothing
  • Female
  • Housing
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Care*
  • Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
  • Maternal-Fetal Exchange
  • Milk, Human
  • Pregnancy
  • Rickets / etiology*
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sunlight
  • Vitamin D Deficiency / complications*


  • Calcifediol