Lupus and your body

Will my child’s bone health be affected by lupus treatments?

Lupus, as well as many of the medications used to treat lupus, can cause loss of bone minerals, such as calcium. When these minerals are not at correct levels, bones may not be able to grow normally, and may not have normal bone strength. This means that children with lupus are at increased risk for delayed skeletal growth, short stature, and fractures later in life. Talk to your child’s doctors about these treatment strategies:

  • regular bone density screenings using the DXA (known as DEXA)
  • a calcium and vitamin D supplement
  • daily weight-bearing and aerobic exercise

Medically reviewed on August 16, 2013