Your child will be shown how the test is done, and you may stay with him. He will be awake and may move freely around the room after the electrodes are applied. Because of the video, he may not leave the room. He will not feel any pain or discomfort from the test. If your child is young, we may use a papoose or ask for your help in restraining him while the electrodes are being applied. Once the electrodes are in place, no restraints or medications are used to prevent the child from removing the electrodes.
"Cups" with wires (called electrodes) are glued on areas of your child's head. The glue is cold and smells like fingernail polish. A small air hose is used to dry the glue. The electrodes pick up signals about how the brain is working.
The technologist flashes bright lights at your child for part of the test. Your child may also be asked to breathe rapidly and deeply for 2-3 minutes during the test.