Pune: The COVID-19 pandemic has been causing a turmoil ever since it was first announced in March. Several reasons, including the closure of schools, gardens and restriction of stepping out of the house has contributed to this condition. Pediatric orthopedists have also observed low levels of vitamin D in children, causing their bones to become brittle. However, a lot of it is due to various restrictions imposed upon on going out to play outdoor games, as well as in their overall movement.
Children have been at home as school, and other daily activities including tuition, as well as hobby classes, have ceased to exist after the outbreak was announced in the city. Their studies were also shifted to an online medium to curb the spread of the outbreak. This is what has led to the deficiency of vitamin D.
Vitamin D deficiency has impacted them by weakening their bones. There have also been several complaints from the parents about a 'squeaking sound' coming from the bones. However, experts believe that vitamin D deficiency is caused by a lack of proper nutrition.
Speaking to The Bridge Chronicle, a parent said, "My daughter is in tenth grade and my son is in third grade. They started having neck pains and cracked bones. There are frequent complaints about such pains. Initially, I thought it was out of tiredness, so I went to the paediatrician and they told me that the lack of exercise is the result."
Dr Sandeep Patwardhan, a Paediatric Orthopaedist said, "As the children are at home due to the lockdown it has impacted not only them not only mentally but physically as well. For this, children should get enough sunlight. Children in this age, need a lot of vitamin D, as they get readymade from natural resources from the sun. Playing outdoor games gives flexibility to children's bodies."
He added, "Schools should take a few breaks instead of taking children's online hours in a row. Children should use chairs and tables at home while studying at home. Do not study while sleeping. Children should keep their tablet at eye level and sit up straight. Teachers should do some small exercise types for one to five minutes after one hour."
Where to source vitamin D?
White foods are rich in calcium and vitamin D. Consume milk, curd, buttermilk, cheese, apple, custard apple. If you are a non-vegetarian, you should consume eggs, egg products, chicken and fish.