Seizure disorder Short term monitoring (1627)

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Your child’s Short Term Monitoring (STM) is on (date) ________________________

at (time) ______________________

in the Neurology Clinic at ______________________

This information will help you and your child know what the STM is and what to expect. If you have questions after reading this sheet, please call 414-266-6828.

If your child has a cold, the flu, or a fever, please call 414-266-6828 before coming for the STM. If your child is ill, the appointment may be rescheduled.

A parent or legal guardian must be present for your child to be checked in. If you are the legal guardian, please be sure we have the legal documents that confirm this. If a parent or guardian cannot come, the STM may be rescheduled. Please call 414-266-6828 to discuss this.

How do we prepare for the STM?

It is very important that your child sleep during the STM. Please have siblings stay home or wait with an adult in the waiting area.

Use this chart to help prepare your child for the test

Age / Amount of sleep

Less than 6 months old:
Do not let your child sleep during the 2 hours before coming

6 to 3 ½ years:
Wake your child at 5:00 am (or 2 hours before normal waking time)

3 ½ to 6 years:
Wake your child at 4:0 am (or 3 hours before normal waking time)

6 years or older:
Wake your child at 2:00 am (or 5 hours before normal waking time)

Try to stay awake all night without any naps

Please note that there are no food services at the New Berlin Clinic. You may bring your own food and snacks. There is a refrigerator and microwave oven for your use.

What is STM?

Does it hurt?

No. Your child will feel no pain during the recording. The EEG electrodes often itch. It may be uncomfortable for your child to sit still while the EEG electrodes are being placed. It takes about 45 to 60 minutes to attach the EEG electrodes.

Can I stay with my child?

Yes. A parent or guardian must be with their child at all times during the STM. If a parent or guardian cannot be present for the whole time your child is here, please contact your child’s nurse before the STM is scheduled.

What should I bring?

Your child will not be able to leave the room while being monitored. Bring plenty of things they like to do. Some ideas are:

How long will my child be monitored?

Safety Information for STM

Your child is having STM to evaluate seizures. These safety tips will help prevent injury if you child has a seizure. The EEG technologist can answer questions you may have about these safety tips.

Do not let your child:

Note: A parent or guardian must be with your child at all times during STM.

What can my child do during the monitoring?

What will happen when we get to the hospital?

What about my child’s medicines?

How will I know the results of the STM?

The results of the test will be sent to the provider who ordered the test. It takes about 7 to 10 business days to get the results.

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Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any concerns or if your child has special health care needs not covered by this information.