My 5 y.o. needs an EEG

Sabrina - posted on 08/30/2016 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have a 5-year-old daughter who has to go for an EEG sleep deprived on the 20th of September. They told me she can't sleep 5-6 hours before her appointment at 7am. I know I have to wake her up at like 1 or 2am but... how do I keep her awake? Any ideas? Please help!

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Sarah - posted on 08/30/2016

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Plan a little dance party? Bake together. Play outside in the dark. Maybe a little hot chocolate since it has a bit of caffeine? It is hard to wake a child but once she is up you can probably keep her awake as long as you are busy. Is the goal for her to fall asleep during the EEG? Or is it to see if seizure activity is present or increased when sleep deprived? I see this done with students I care for time to time, and sometimes even when sleep deprived, they are wound up and nervous and can't fall asleep during the test!

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Sarah - posted on 08/30/2016

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You may to prepare her so when she goes to bed she will understand why you are waking her up in the middle of her sleep. A couple of flashlights outside in the dark would be fun. I hope the trip to the hospital is short, or you will have a sleeping child when you get there.

Sabrina - posted on 08/30/2016

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Thank you so much for that advice, that's extremely helpful! And we love all of those things! Lol. And I'm not sure if they want her to fall asleep during the EEG or not. I don't think so though because her episodes happen during the day when she hasn't slept well the night before.

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