You are here

Story Rickets Demonstration 7-2

Chapter 3   Research & Data

Children’s Bureau pamphlet, Sunlight for Babies, circa 1931.
Children’s Bureau pamphlet, Sunlight for Babies, circa 1931.
Photo Credit: Maternal and Child Health Library
Rickets Demonstration – In 1924, the Children’s Bureau selected the community of New Haven, CT, for a detailed study of the incidence and prevention of rickets.

A common disease at the time, rickets impaired children’s immune systems, making them more susceptible to serious illness and death from pneumonia, measles, whooping cough, and other respiratory infections. Working in partnership with the Yale School of Medicine and the New Haven Department of Health, staff visited every mother with a baby in the study area to educate them about preventive measures such as sun baths and cod liver oil. Regular doctor visits and X-rays provided evidence that these simple preventive measures were effective in improving children’s health.


Theme by Danetsoft and Danang Probo Sayekti inspired by Maksimer