Electroencephalogram (1787)

Key points below

For the hospitalized child

What is an electroencephalogram (EEG)?

An EEG is a test to see how the electrical action of your child’s brain is working. It will help diagnose your child’s condition. 

How does an EEG work?

An EEG uses wires, called leads, to pick up tiny electrical impulses in the brain. The EEG tech will measure your child’s scalp and mark it with a washable marker. This helps them know where to put the leads. The leads are put on with a soft paste and liquid glue. The glue or paste may smell bad. A machine blows air on your child’s head to dry the glue. It may sound loud. A wrap may be put on your child’s head to help keep the leads in place.  

What is the most common problem with having an EEG?

It is common for the leads to cause some skin irritation. The skin might look red or have blisters. It can lead to skin breakdown which can be a big problem. Skin breakdown looks like blisters, open areas, or worse wounds. Skin breakdown can cause other problems so it is important to look at the area to check.   

To help prevent this problem, your healthcare team will:

What can I do to help? 


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