EEG in Children

Electroencephalogram picks up signals from the brain’s electrical activity and reproduced it in a computer monitor or in a paper. It is used to differentiate electrical activity of a client to a normal scan. The EEG is an important tool for evaluation of adult and children with seizure disorders. Children in nature are wild, full cooperation by the child may not be attained unless with preparation or help by parents or guardians. Understanding of a children psyche regarding medical tests is exaggerated, so it is important to address certain issues conveyed by the parents to the child. It is also important to note that some children cooperate better if their parent is inside the room while others will cooperate better if their parents will wait outside.

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Possible questions by the child to the parents or medical personnel may include if it does hurt. EEG will not cause sensation to the head, though placement of several electrodes in the scalp may be irritating to other children, but the test itself is safe and will not hurt. Older children may be concerned with their appearance and may ask if it will be needed to cut their hair. To set things correctly, cutting of hair is not needed. The electrodes are placed between the hairs in the scalp. So it is important to wash the hair the morning before the test or make sure that gels, hairspray or wax is not applied. Other children may ask if it will have after effects, EEG will not have effects and the child will feel the same as before. Children may also be afraid that the EEG will ultimately read and control their mind, explain that thoughts are concealed and cannot be read by EEG. Make sure that the child understands the importance of keeping still as it may alter the result so no retest is needed.

 

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