Welcome to the Pediatric EEG and Neurophysiology Department at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.
Electroencephalography (EEG) is the recording of electrical impulses in the brain. This process can detect abnormal activity in your child's brain that may result in seizures. The EEG Department does not administer treatment to patients, but works closely with Cardinal Glennon’s Neurology Department, as well as many referring pediatricians in the community.
To make an appointment, please call (314) 577-5678.
Signs and Symptoms
Signs that your child may have irregular brain activity include:
Weakness on one side of the body
What to Expect During Your Child’s EEG
- Patients who arrive on time are generally seen within ten minutes of arrival.
- Your child’s head will be measured to make sure the electrodes are placed over the key points of his or her brain for accurate results.
- These points will be cleaned off so that dead skin cells and body oils do not block the activity.
- A cream will be applied to the electrodes which are held in place by medical glue or tape.
- Your child will be asked to relax, close his or her eyes, and try to take a nap.
- While your child sleeps, a technologist will monitor his or her level of consciousness, body position, muscle twitches, etc.
- Afterward, your child will wake up and have two activation procedures:
- Hyperventilation - asking your child (if old enough) to breath quickly and
- Watching a strobe light.
- Finally, the electrodes will be disconnected, and you and your child can go home.
Each patient is recorded on video which is time-locked and recorded directly to the EEG. This means that if your child blinks on the video, the same movement can be seen on the EEG at the same time.
In most cases, parents are welcome to stay with their child during testing.
Meet the Team
Glen Fenton, MD
Manager, Registered EEG Technologist
Registered EEG Technologist