Video EEG

Video EEG monitoring records your child's brain waves and a video of your child's actions.

This test is done in the hospital, and your doctor may schedule it to last a few hours to a few days, depending on how many seizures or events your child is having. The test is painless and safe.

  1. Explain the test to your child.
  2. Shampoo your child's hair well the night before the test.
  3. Do not use any hair spray, mousse, or oil. Remove all hair extensions, pieces, or weaves.
  4. Your child may eat regular foods and take any prescribed medicines, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
  5. Bring your child's favorite toys, games, books, or other items that will help them feel more comfortable. They can also do homework while having the test done. Your child will be in a private room. There is a TV and internet access. There is no DVD player in the room, but there are movies already uploaded on the TV for you to watch.
  6. A staff person will not be in the room with your child. A parent / guardian must stay in the room with the child during the entire test. This includes staying overnight with your child. Other family members and siblings may visit, but are not permitted to spend the night. Because the electrodes are attached to the head, we suggest your child wear a shirt that buttons or zips down the front. We have gowns available for your child to wear if needed.
You will need to reschedule your appointment if you child has:
  • Lice
  • Scabies
  • Fever over 100
  • Diarrhea, or vomiting
  • Been recently exposed to TB or chicken pox

Staff will show your child how the test is done, and you may stay with your child during the preparation process. If your child has a hard time staying still while the electrodes are placed on their head, we may ask for your help or we may use a papoose to help keep them still. We cannot use medicine to help calm your child during this time because it may alter the results of the test.

After the electrodes are in place, your child will be awake and may move freely around the room. Because of the video portion of the test, your child may not leave the room. They may eat and do other activities in their room.

If seizure medications are held, your child may need to have an IV placed. This is so we can give seizure medications quickly for a prolonged seizure or clusters of seizure.

After the test, the electrodes are removed with acetone, which dissolves the glue. There will still be some white flakes of glue that you can wash out at home. When the test is finished, your child can play, eat and go to school as before.

Some children’s skin becomes irritated by the electrodes. This is more common in infants, those with sensitive skin, or for children whose test lasts a few days. If this happens, you can apply Aquaphor to the red areas or Neosporin to any open areas. Call your doctor if you notice the area is red or has any drainage.

A doctor reads the test (or tracing) and sends the results of the test to your child's doctor or clinic. You can call your doctor about a week after going home to get the results of the study.

Last Updated 03/2020

Reviewed by Naomi Van Horn, MSN, APRN, CNP

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