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Electroencephalogram in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about an electroencephalogram (EEG)?

An EEG is a test that measures the electrical activity in your child's brain. It can help providers decide what treatments your child needs. An EEG can help diagnose or monitor any of the following:

How should I prepare my child for an EEG?

Your child's provider will talk to you about how to prepare your child for an EEG. The provider will tell you which medicines to give your child or not give on the day of the test. Do not let your child drink or eat foods with caffeine on the day of the test. Do not put oils or lotions on your child's scalp or hair for 24 hours before the test. This includes conditioner, hair spray, hair cream, or hair gel.

What will happen during an EEG?

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You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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