09 July 2010

Baby Massage Parlor: Rickets Prevention

 in mongolia, rickets affects one in every four children under the age of one
there is a higher prevalence in urban areas with more symptoms of severe rickets*

building a temporary baby massage parlor

lucky little ones get a nice oil massage

while other lucky ones play in the sand for a few hours

and they get treats full of vitamin D and calcium
sponsored by world vision
great incentive to keep moms coming back for more sun and fun

studies suggest that rickets in mongolian children is vitamin D deficiency, 
probably of multifactoral origin, 
with both low oral intakes and limited ultraviolet sunlight exposure being involved
also calcium deficiency, in particular, 
may be contributing to the development of vitamin D deficiency*

i still think that swaddling could be a huge contributing factor to rickets in mongolia
despite what one study concludes....


1 comment:

  1. that's pretty cool, Jiyeon. Playing naked in the sand, however, makes for a very gritty butt crack...though I'll take gritty crack over rickets any day.

    :) - jessie