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Electroencephalogram (EEG)

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This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about having an EEG. Please feel free to ask the doctor, the nurse or the person running the test to explain any information you do not understand.

An EEG is a recording of the electrical activity of the brain. It provides important information about how the brain works.

An EEG is a painless test. Twenty-eight small metal discs (electrodes) are attached to the patient’s scalp with a gel adhesive. The electrodes pick up the electrical activity of the brain and record it into a computer for the neurologist to review. During the test your child may also be asked to look at a blinking light or breathe fast and deep.

1. Sleep Deprivation:
• Sleep is allowed on newborns, infants and children up to two years of age. Family should prevent sleep for at least four hours prior to the test.
• Children ages two to five years old should go to bed one to two hours later than usual and be awakened one to two hours earlier than usual. Allow no nap prior to the test.
• Children over five years old may sleep from 11:00 pm until 5:00 am the night prior to the test. Allow no nap before the EEG. Children who are unable to cooperate may require modifications to these guidelines.
2. Wash your child’s hair thoroughly. The scalp must be clean and oil free. Do not use conditioners or hair spray.
3. Have your child eat a regular meal (or at least a snack) before the EEG unless asked not to. However, patients should avoid caffeine for 24 hours before the test.
4. If your child normally takes daily medication, be sure to give it to him or her unless asked not to.
5. It may be helpful to bring a bottle of formula, blanket or favorite snuggle friend. The goal is to help the child fall asleep naturally for the best test results. Please leave other children at home. The test lasts approximately one and one half hours and the testing room must be quiet.

The gel adhesive will be rinsed out of your child’s hair after the EEG. You can shampoo your child’s hair after you get home if there is some remaining. If your child receives sedation for the EEG, you will receive additional instruction sheets. Be sure you know what to do before you leave the hospital.

PDF: Child Health Information - ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAM (EEG)

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Corregido: 1994, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

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Revised: 1994, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004


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