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Sleep electroencephalography for kids

18 January 2018 | 17:15

Often in cases of disturbed sleep and suspected pathological processes which take place in the central nervous system, a doctor will recommend an ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAPHY (EEG) examination during sleep.

 

What is this procedure, and what does it reveal?

 

Electroencephalography is one of the safest and most frequently recommended methods of medical diagnosis, whose goal is to reveal pathological processes that occur in the brain.

 

!!! During the performance of an electroencephalogram, there is no need for parents to worry. The procedure is completely painless. The child is in a specially lighted soundproof room. The specialist, who conducts the study, connects electrodes to the skin of the head. These send impulses from the cerebral cortex to the recording device.

The examination plays a vital role in the diagnosis of epilepsy and other fit-type states. EEG is the most important test in confirming a diagnosis of epilepsy. It helps to differentiate between types of fits and to determine epilepsy syndrome (type). The examination is also used to control epileptic activity and the effectiveness of therapy.

Symptoms you should pay attention to:

The child’s sleep is disturbed, it cries frequently, has regular headaches, excessive nervousness, irritability, nervousness, convulsions, epilepsy, concussion, or delayed development.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR A SLEEP ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAPHY EXAMINATION?

The child must not be permitted to sleep properly before the procedure, because it will then be difficult for it to fall asleep again. Therefore, a special sleep regime must be observed. Before the examination, make sure that your child has had a proper meal so that it is not roused by hunger during the examination. You should bring a drink (water/juice/tea) with you, wet wipes or a towel.

You will be informed of planned examination date and time beforehand!

A baby must be awake for at least three hours before the examination.

1-3 g. The night before, the child should go to sleep 2.5 h later than usual, and wake up 3h earlier than usual on the morning of the day of the examination. The child should not be allowed to sleep before the examination.

3-6 g. The night before, the child should go to sleep, 3-4 hours later than usual, and wake up at 6:00 on the morning of the day of the examination. The child should not be allowed to sleep before the examination.

6 years and over. The night before, the child should go to sleep after 24:00, and wake up from 05:00 – 06:00 on the morning of the day of the examination. The child should not be allowed to sleep before the examination!

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOUR CHILD IS NOT PROPERLY PREPARED, THE EXAMINATION WILL NOT BE CONDUCTED.

 

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