Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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SIDS Evaluation

An infant with breathing difficulty at night requires a breathing difficulty evaluation, including a history and physical examination.

Unfortunately, there is no test that makes the diagnosis of SIDS. In addition, there are no tests that help predict which infants are at risk for SIDS.

Physical findings in an infant with breathing difficulty may include:

Tests that may be used to evaluate breathing difficulty include:

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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