A 12-year-old girl has been diagnosed with early stages of rickets, and factor 50 sun cream is being blamed.
Tyler Attrill developed bad pain in her legs, and was diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency. This is linked to the early stages of rickets, a disease which can cause bowed legs and curvature of the spine.
Doctors think the problem could be due to Tyler always wearing factor 50 sun cream whenever she went outside during her childhood.
“We live right by the beach and I’ve always been very careful with her and her brother,” said Tyler’s mum Lisa. “I used to put factor 50 cream on to protect her skin. I thought I was doing the right thing.”
After lots of tests and doctors appointments, Tyler was diagnosed with Vitamin D deficiency and given multivitamin tablets to up her levels.
Speaking about the diagnosis, Professor Nicholas Clarke said Vitamin D deficiency is starting to become a problem in young children.
“Many of the children we’ve seen have low vitamin D and require treatment,” said Professor Clarke. “This is almost certainly a combination of the modern lifestyle, which involves a lack of exposure to sunlight and covering up in sunshine.”