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Juvenile Osteoporosis

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Symptoms of Juvenile Osteoporosis

The signs and symptoms of juvenile osteoporosis include:

  • Pain in the lower back, hips, knees, ankles, and feet
  • Difficulty walking
  • Fractures in legs, ankles, or feet

Treatment for Juvenile Osteoporosis

The type of treatment your child gets depends on the cause of osteoporosis. If juvenile osteoporosis has been caused by an underlying disease, the best way to treat the osteoporosis is to treat that disease. If a medication for another disease is a factor in juvenile osteoporosis, switching to a different drug may be an option. If none are available, it may be possible to minimize bone damage by using the lowest effective dose of the medication being used.

Today, there is no known treatment or surgery for idiopathic juvenile osteoporosis. But it is very important to protect your child's bones from fracture. They may need to use crutches or other supports. And they may need to avoid types of exercise, such as contact sports, that put them at risk for fracture.

None of the drugs that treat osteoporosis in adults are currently approved for use in children.

All children, including those with juvenile osteoporosis, need a lifestyle that helps build healthy bones. This includes a diet rich in calcium, vitamin D, and protein, and as much safe physical activity as possible. It's best to avoid caffeine. Many experts also suggest that children with juvenile osteoporosis have their bone density monitored at least every other year into adulthood.

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Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD on May 24, 2014
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