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Emma has an EEG

Emma has been to the doctor.

Emma’s doctor said she needed to have the same test as you are having. Emma is having an EEG test.

What happened before Emma’s EEG test

This is what happened to Emma before she had her EEG.

Emma’s mummy got a letter. The letter told her that she had to wash Emma’s hair and make sure that she had something to eat on the day of her test.

Illustration of EEG room with teddy on bed

Emma goes to the hospital

On the day of her test, Emma went to the hospital with her mummy. When they arrived, they had a ride in a lift. They gave their letter to a person at a desk and then sat in a waiting room.

Then someone called Emma’s name and mummy and Emma went into a room. In the room were some toys, a bed, a television and a computer.

The nurse said that they would use the computer to take her picture. The nurse also let Emma choose a DVD to watch. You can bring one of your own if you like.

Illustration of child having their head measured

Emma gets ready for her EEG test

First, Emma sat on a chair and had her head measured.

Then the nurse rubbed her head with a cotton bud. This tickled a bit.

Next the nurse put sticky paste on her head and stuck some coloured wires on to it.

Illustration of child having sticky paste put onto their forehead to connect to wires

Emma’s test begins

The nurse asked Emma to sit on the bed. The computer drew lots of squiggly lines for the doctor to look at.

The nurse asked Emma to do some things like open and close her eyes.

Illustration of child blowing on a party blower with sticky wires connected to their head

Emma was asked to blow some big breaths with a blower and to watch a bright disco light, first with her eyes open and then with them closed.

Illustration of child with their thumbs up and a smiley face sticker on their jumper

Emma’s test is all finished

When the test was finished the nurse took the coloured wires off Emma’s head and wiped it with warm water and cotton wool to get the sticky paste off.

Emma got a sticker for being such a good girl.

Emma enjoyed her day out.

Find out more

We will always ask for your consent before for any procedure takes place. Staff will explain all the risks benefits and alternatives before they ask for your consent.

If you are unsure about any aspect of the procedure proposed, please do not hesitate to ask for more information.

If you have any questions or worries after reading this information please ring the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology on:
0114 271 3237, open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

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