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Parents Are Being Wrongly Accused Of Child Abuse Because Of Rise In Vitamin D Deficiency

Sheffield Children's Hospital

Scientists are claiming that parents are being wrongly accused of child abuse because of an undiagnosed epidemic of rickets among very young children.

Rickets is caused by a lack of vitamin D. In very young children, the condition can lead to breakage of bones, and can trigger fatal bleeds in the brain. Cases of the illness have soured in the past decade due poor lifestyle and diet.

It has been shockingly claimed that parents are being accused of abusing their young children, when the children are in fact suffering from rickets.

These new claims are originating from scientists from Sheffield Children’s Hospital and London’s Barts hospital. They are suggesting that in many cases parents are mistakenly being accused of hurting or shaking babies whose injuries were actually caused by rickets.

A case of this was seen recently when a couple were originally accused of murdering their son, Jayden Wray, who died at four months from head injuries. Last month the parents were cleared of murder at the Old Bailey when it was discovered that the child actually had the severe vitamin D deficiency that was passed onto him by his mother, causing him the injuries that led to his death.

Dr Irene Scheimberg, of Barts hospital, believes that the rise of rickets is leading to parents being wrongly accused of abuse.

Dr Marta Cohen, of Sheffield Children’s Hospital, said that due to this confusion, it was likely that many children suffering from rickets had wrongly been placed into foster homes because their parents had been suspected of abuse. When speaking to BBC Radio 4 she said:

“If you have bones that fracture easily they will fracture with any normal movement. Like trying to put a babygrow on a baby, you will twist the arm. ‘In a child whose bones are weakened, it’s easier for them to get these very tiny fractures or big fractures. There should be a commission that studies all of these cases, taking into account the age of these children, their gender, the race, the way in which these families live.”

Dr Cohen also believes that rickets could also be responsible for many cases of cot death, or sudden infant death syndrome, because it can cause the heart to stop beating.

The Doctor recently carried out a study involving 24 babies who had died of cot death. She interestingly found that three quarters were found to have moderate or severe vitamin D deficiency.

The Government estimates that as many as 40 per cent of Britons are deficient in vitamin D. The increase in rickets in young children has been blamed on the children spending considerably more time inside, rather than outside in the sun.




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  1. distraught mother of 5
    April 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    its discusting in this day and age innocent loving parents, have lost their babies to the state for life,plus the trauma of being treated like a criminal.secret family corrupt courts play a big part,there a national disgrace,they are the criminals or worse than.

    • April 5, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      Yes. It is an international epidemic and families are left crippled for life. A child that has never previously experienced abuse has now been exposed to this and by the very agencies that have a public image of protecting children.

  2. RJD
    April 23, 2012 at 5:51 am

    I know doctors get it wrong. My husband fell with our 4month old girl in his arms,and now we are in the middle of a child protection case. We are been treated like criminals,we have had to move out of our family home to allow the carers to look after the girls,its making me sick our lifes are just turnrd upside down from all of this. Someone needs to sort the law and social services systeam,as accident do happen and that what our was.My heart is broken

    • May 2, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      I’m terribly sorry you are experiencing this tragedy. If you need assistance with your situation please email me as I can provide you with referrals to medical experts as well as medical research applicable to your case. There is nothing worse than to have ones children ripped from your arms and you know you are innocent of the horrible allegations directed at you. God bless.

      • sara
        June 23, 2013 at 6:53 pm

        May I have you email me? I just had my son taken due to a horrible head injury, where he head butted the railing of his crib. I am being wrongly accused of hurting him. sunnysarajane@gmail.com

  3. Tracey Whittred
    August 21, 2012 at 7:00 am

    My nephew was born at home not planned, but delivered by a paramedic only her second delivery. At 17 days old he was admitted and found to have a leg fracture and a fractured collar bone, they did a skeletal survey and found no other fractures.
    My nephew and my 2 his siblings live with me while the social services continually try to place them in foster care. When the x rays where reviewed by an expert he found 7 more factures. In the 17 days with his parents I never observed any bruising he very rearly cried and was never distressed.
    They xrayed his skull and found no damage he has a vitamin D deficiency and parathyroid increse.
    Is it possible to have temporary brittle bone disease ?? Please help.

  4. mumof2
    March 14, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Hello my name is Kim, im a mum of two young children, 18 months and 10 weeks! When my eldest son was around 4 months old i noticed bruising to both of his ears which raised concern so i phoned the out of hours emergency doctors, i took him straight there as they suspected meningitis, i was told it was nothing too worry about once the bruises were examined but advised too get them checked the next day by my GP as my son was due too have his vaccinations the next day. My GP didnt know what the bruises were and sent us to hospital for further examinitaion, CT scans, Skeletal scans and X-rays were done, everything came back normal but i was told that i had to take him for more X-rays 2 weeks later as there was some abnormality on his Tibia bone, which they told me was more than probably normal but could of also been a small buckle fracture. Repeat X-rays were done, Tibia abnormality was confirmed to be normal but i was told that my son had got 2 rib fractures, as soon as i heard this i dropped too the floor. How can my baby possibly have these fractures and what caused them and how did i not know?! I suffered with postnatal depression shortly after having my son but i coped well and my baby was my main focus and he kept me strong everyday and i was always smiling, ive now been too a fact find hearing and ‘on the balance of probabilities’ i caused these fractures by squeezing my sons ribcage when he was around 6 weeks old. I am trying everything in my power too prove my innocence and i have done lots of reseach into Bone Fragility, Vitamin D deficiency, Osteogenisis Imperfecta ect.. and i can relate certain things to my son for example…i had a poor diet through my pregnancy and did not take Vitamins at all, he was 3 weeks early and we had too stay in hospital for 4 days as he would not feed and had too be fed through a seringe, he was on antibiotics too stop infection as my waters broke 3 days before birth he had jaundice for a few weeks, and what looked like a little hernia on his chest which i pointed out too my HV but she just looked at it and said it was nothing to worry about and as she is a professional i trusted her opinion and didnt get it checked out any further, he was quite a ‘gassy’ baby and had problems with his bowels so i had too change his milk formula, my son never showed any signs of distress or pain, no swelling or bruising to his ribs, he now lives with my mum under a SGO and my youngest son was removed from me at birth and is in Foster Care, i want too prove my innocence and get my babys home with me where they belong. Please is there any advice you could give me? Ive spoke to my lawyer about having my youngest son tested for any kind of bone disorder ect but have been told that it would not be funded as he has not sustained any injury, but how do i know that he has not got a fracture ect as my eldest didnt show any signs, they are both so happy and beautiful. What tests could i have done and would i need to be tested to and also now my son is 18 months could he be tested and still show signs of any bone disorder/abnormality? I had hypermobile joints as a child and still get achy pains in my bones now, both of my childrens bones crack and click when they are handled.
    I would be so grateful if you could help/advise me in any way as there must be some medical condition that caused these fractures, i have not and would never harm my children.

  5. Darian Blea
    September 17, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    I have twin boys who are 15 months. I delivered at 28 weeks so they are 3 months premature and still very tiny for their age. I took my son to the ER for throwing up they discovered he had a healed broken rib a fractured spine. His twin brother also had some fractures. I don’t abuse my kids but right now that is what I am being accused of. They fall they hit things. They have never been in any pain so I just don’t understand. I have my kids taken away from me and its not fair. Could they have a vitamin D deficiency or any bone diseases?. I want answers. They arent taking any consideration to their size or how premature they are.

  6. November 2, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    i believe my son has temporary brittle bone disease. I recently took him into Childrens hospital because he was not suing his arm, they took an xray and found two fractures. then took a full skeletal xray and found fractures at the end of the long bones, of course they accused me of abuse and know am fighting a CHIPS order, I had restricted growth while I was pregnant with him and they never told me why or complications that could occur in the future because of this, my ob induced me at 39 weeks and his only explanation was ” he will grow better out then in”. my son had NO organ damage, no bruises EVER, No swelling, nothing. I took him to a place I trusted (Childrens Hospital of WI) and they took my child away,. I have a paid attorney but need a doctor. my son needs MEDICAL help and all they want to do is accuse me of abuse. PLEASE HELP. I Feel like im the only one. Sincerely, a worried concerened and scared mother.

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