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Brue (Brief Resolved Unexplained Event)

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is a BRUE?

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.

What are the signs and symptoms of a BRUE?

What causes or increases my baby's risk for a BRUE?

The cause of your baby's BRUE may not be known. The following may lead to a BRUE or increase your baby's risk:

What should I tell my baby's healthcare provider about the BRUE?

Tell the provider as many details about the BRUE as possible:

How is the cause of a BRUE diagnosed and treated?

A BRUE may last a short time. This can make the cause difficult to identify. Your baby's healthcare provider will check his or her color and breathing. Tell the provider if your baby was born prematurely or had a BRUE before. Tell the provider about all your baby's medicines. The provider may ask if your baby sleeps in a crib with a firm mattress. Tell the provider if anyone who cares for the baby smokes cigarettes around him or her. Your baby may also need any of the following:

Treatment options

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

What can I do to manage a BRUE?

What can I do to prevent a BRUE?

A BRUE happens suddenly. This makes prevention difficult, but the following can help reduce your baby's risk:

Call 911 for any of the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my baby's healthcare provider?

Care Agreement

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. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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