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A brief resolved unexplained event (BRUE) is a sudden and frightening change in how your baby breathes, looks, or responds. For example, your baby may start to have trouble breathing, or your baby's skin may turn blue or pale. It is scary to see this happen. But the change is brief—usually less than a minute—and your baby quickly gets better.
Why a BRUE (say "broo") happens isn't known. Doctors will check your baby carefully to see if the symptoms could have been caused by a problem such as an illness, infection, or injury. The event is called a BRUE when doctors don’t know what caused it.
In many cases after a BRUE, after a doctor has listened to what happened and checked your baby carefully, your baby will not need tests or a stay in the hospital.
The symptoms of a BRUE start and end suddenly.
During a BRUE, your baby may:
A BRUE usually isn't diagnosed with testing. Instead, to find out if your baby had a BRUE, the doctor will:
If the doctor thinks there could be a problem (based on what you tell them and what they find after checking your baby), your baby will have tests to look for that problem.
Work with your doctor to make a plan that keeps your baby healthy, happy, and safe.
Here are some steps you can take:
Call 911 anytime you think your baby may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or Health Link (811) or seek immediate medical care if:
For 24/7 nurse advice and general health information call Health Link at 811.
Adaptation Date: 2/24/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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