of Vitamin C in the diet of children can make them suffer from diseases like
scurvy. Read on to learn more about the common causes and symptoms of scurvy
and some tips for preventing this disease in children.
is a disease caused due to lack of Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) in human body.
Although, it is a very rarely occurring disease, it has been seen that people,
especially elderly people, alcoholics and those who are devoid of proper
diet containing fresh fruits and
vegetables are susceptible to this disease. Kids and infants, who are not
getting sufficient Vitamin C in their diet, are also very prone to this
Vitamin C is a very important nutrient
which our body needs. We need it for producing ‘Collagen’ and for absorbing the
iron from the food we eat. Our body cannot produce Vitamin C naturally. To get
Vitamin C, we have to eat food rich in Vitamin C. Mostly all fresh fruits and
vegetables have Vitamin C in them. Normally, an average male needs 90mg of
Vitamin C and an average female needs 75gm. For infants the daily requirement
is around 25gm. For kids falling in the age group of 1 to 14 years, the daily
requirement is around 30-35 mg.
Scurvy in Children
main reason for scurvy is lack of Vitamin C intake in a human body. This can
happen for many reasons. Poverty, ignorance, natural calamities leading to
shortage of food, fussy eating habits and restrictive diet plan, are some of
the reasons why a deficiency of Vitamin C can be caused in adults and children
which can lead to Scurvy.
symptoms in patients of scurvy can be appetite
loss, weight loss, fever,
diarrhoea, breathing problems, bleeding gums, discomfort in legs and paralysis.
As the disease grows, patients suffer from bleeding gums and loosened teeth
problems. This can lead to gingivitis and petechial haemorrhage. There can be
haemorrhage in mucus membranes causing tiny pin-point marks on the body.
Another, symptom of scurvy is proptosis or protruding eyes. The tissues between
the joints of our body can become weak and start bleeding.
of Scurvy in Children
Children suffering from scurvy become very
anxious by nature. They become very irritated. In infants this irritation can
make them cry constantly. Children may suffer from pseudo paralysis.
This often forces them to create the frog leg posture for comfort. They may
also suffer from haemorrhage where there can be a lot of bleeding from the
lower ends of long bones in the body.
Ways to Prevent
Scurvy in Children
extracts can be very effective in curing scurvy. Lemon has high reserves of
Vitamin C. Mix some lemon juice in a glass of lukewarm water and make your
children drink it twice daily.
are another great option for curing scurvy. Dry Gooseberries and
grind them. Mix it with milk or water
and make your children drink it before sleeping.
juice has a high Vitamin C content. Drinking it regularly can ensure curing of
scurvy in children who are suffering from it.
and potatoes can be an excellent sources of Vitamin C. Include them in the
diet. It can help to prevent the chances of scurvy among children.
kinds of green vegetables have a good source of Vitamin C in them. Consuming
them regularly can help cure and prevent scurvy.
products like oysters have a good source of Vitamin C.
from all these, medicinal supplements which are prescribe by your doctor for
Vitamin C can be consumed to cure scurvy.
who live in slums or the ones who cannot get a proper meal due to financial
crunch can suffer from Scurvy. Also children who are fussy
eaters and do not eat vegetables can
suffer from this disease. The best way to cure scurvy in children is to make
them eat a proper diet consisting of fruits and vegetables. By following these
simple ways kids can get as much Vitamin C as they need daily.
are the causes of scurvy in children? How to prevent scurvy in children? What
are the ways to cure scurvy in children? Discuss