So You're About to Get an EEG...

 

What is an EEG?

 

The EEG is a test that measures brain waves through small stickers on your head with wires attached to them.

 

 

Why is an EEG important?

 

The doctors need to find out why your body has been acting differently. The information that they get about your brain from the EEG will help them find out.

 

 

What happens during an EEG?

 

  • The nurse will come into your room to do the procedure.

  • First the nurse will measure your head with a tape measure.

  • Next, the nurse will make small marks on your scalp with a magic marker.

  • Then, the nurse will wash the marks off with soap.

  • Then they will put the stickers (electrodes) where the soap is with some sticky stuff. This smells strong so remember to take deep breaths.

  • Once the stickers are all over your head, the nurse will wrap your head with soft gauze. The gauze will cover your head and your ears but will not cover your face.

  • Remember, the EEG will not hurt.

  • You will have this on your head for 1-24 hours depending on what the doctors need.

  • The doctors will monitor your brain activity during this time. You may have to stay in your room for this time.

  • After the EEG is done the nurse will take off the gauze and stickers with warm water.

 

 

What is your job during an EEG?

 

It is your job to be still during an EEG and also to follow the nurses directions.

 

 

What helps during an EEG?

 

Deep breathing

Counting or singing

Distraction...paying attention to something else

Holding onto or playing with a toy

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