Talk:Neonatal lupus erythematosus
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The antibodies that cause this condition, SSA and SSB, are typically associated with Sjogren's syndrome, and thus neonatal lupus is not exclusively found in the neonates of women with SLE. Pregnant women with Sjogren's syndrome and the anti-Ro/La or SSA/SSB antibodies are at risk of having a baby affected by either neonatal lupus affecting the skin or the heart (heart block). Neonatal lupus is a misleadingly-named disease, because it isn't lupus found in a baby (I don't think that adults with lupus have heart block), and it isn't exclusively associated with lupus in the mother, and it isn't really neonatal and apparently can't be detected by examination at birth.
Photosensitivity of the rash
The face rash associated with this condition typically develops at around six weeks after birth as a redness in the skin surrounding the baby's eyes (not bruising). The severity and duration of the face rash can certainly be influenced by sun exposure, and a photosensitive persistent rash can also be found in other areas of the body. Such rashes can persist for most of baby's first year. Medical advice should be sought regarding avoiding sun exposure in babies with neonatal lupus and requirements for appropriate levels of vitamin D.