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Brue (Brief Resolved Unexplained Event)

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jan 5, 2023.

A BRUE is when your baby suddenly stops breathing and will not respond. The event can be very frightening to the person who sees it. A BRUE may end quickly and not cause serious problems. It may be a sign of a medical problem that needs to be treated. His or her healthcare providers may want to observe him or her in the hospital to see if he or she has another BRUE. You will need to continue to watch for any breathing problems after you take your baby home.


Informed consent

is a legal document that explains the tests, treatments, or procedures that your child may need. Informed consent means you understand what will be done and can make decisions about what you want. You give your permission when you sign the consent form. You can have someone sign this form for you if you are not able to sign it. You have the right to understand your child's medical care in words you know. Before you sign the consent form, understand the risks and benefits of what will be done to your child. Make sure all of your questions are answered.


is a tube placed into your baby's vein. Healthcare providers may give liquids or medicines through the IV.

A pulse oximeter

is a device that measures the amount of oxygen in your baby's blood. A cord with a clip or sticky strip is placed on his or her foot, toe, hand, finger, or earlobe. The other end of the cord is hooked to a machine. Never turn the pulse oximeter or alarm off. An alarm will sound if your child's oxygen level is low or cannot be read.

Your child may need extra oxygen

if his or her blood oxygen level is lower than it should be. Oxygen may be given through a mask or through small tubes placed in your child's nostrils. Ask a healthcare provider before you take off the mask or tubing.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.


will continue while your baby is in the hospital. Healthcare providers will monitor your baby's breathing and heart rate. They will watch for another BRUE. More than one BRUE can be a sign of a medical condition that needs treatment.


  • Antibiotics may be given through your baby's IV to treat a bacterial infection.
  • Seizure medicine may be given if your baby had a seizure.


  • Blood or urine tests may be used to find signs of an infection. The tests may also show if your baby swallowed any medicines or poisons that could cause a BRUE. Some medicines can be passed from the mother to her baby through breast milk.
  • X-ray pictures may show signs of an infection.
  • Heart tests may be needed to check your baby's heart function.


Your baby's risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) increases if he or she has had a BRUE. Your baby's healthcare provider may not find the cause of the BRUE.


You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child.

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