Children can develop low bone mineral density from multiple causes. Low bone density can occur from certain genetic conditions, specific medications or as part of another medical condition. An imaging test known as a DEXA scan can measure the overall bone strength of a child. If low bone mineral density is found, there may be greater risk of bone fractures. Depending on the exact cause and severity, low bone density can be treated with nutritional intervention, oral medications and/or IV infusion therapy. 

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