What is an EEG?

An EEG is a map of the electrical activity of the brain.

How is an EEG performed?

Several electrode wires will be attached to your child’s head with a sticky substance. The wires will not hurt. If your child is sensitive to touch, the EEG may be ordered “with sedation”. In that case, prior to placement of the EEG wires, your child will be given some medication to help them relax or go to sleep during the procedure. Sometimes during an EEG, your child will be exposed to rapidly flickering lights or will be asked to hyperventilate in order to study the brain’s electrical activity during those events. A typical EEG lasts about an hour.






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