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What to Expect During an Electroencephalogram (EEG)

If your child is coming to Arkansas Children’s for an electroencephalogram (EEG), you may have some questions about how to prepare for your visit. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Children under 1 year of age have no special instructions.
  • Children between the ages of 1 and 4 must skip any naps they usually take on the day of their EEG.
  • Children older than 4-years-old must come to the hospital sleep deprived, having had no more than 4 to 6 hours of sleep the night before the test.
  • Do not let your child fall asleep as you travel to the hospital for your appointment.
  • Bring any item that will make your child more comfortable during the exam, like a blanket or a favorite toy.
  • Your child can eat and drink the day of the exam, but please limit sugar and caffeine intake.

What to expect during EEG testing/monitoring