Letters Child abuse controversy

Don’t ignore preventive message of baby Jayden’s case

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3386 (Published 15 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3386
  1. Patricia J Lucas, senior lecturer1,
  2. Tricia Jessiman, research associate1,
  3. Ailsa Cameron, senior lecturer1
  1. 1Centre for Research in Health and Social Care, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, Bristol BS7 8LJ, UK
  1. patricia.lucas{at}bristol.ac.uk

We read the judgement of the prosecution of the parents of baby Jayden with sadness and interest.1 It is accepted that Jayden had congenital rickets—he was born with it, probably because his mother was vitamin D deficient during pregnancy. He was entirely breast fed; one of the sad facts is that, unbeknown to his mother or those advising her, this contributed to his vitamin …

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