PROCEDURES

 

Neurology

 

Preparation required for an Electroencephalogram (EEG):

Wash hair with shampoo ONLY the night prior to your test

Gel or hair products are NOT to be used

EEG cannot be performed if there are head lice present.

List of your child's current medications (name and dose)

We require your child to have something to eat within the hour prior to your appointment.

Please bring a drink (poppa or glucose drink).

If your child is on any medication please administer as normal (alternatively discuss with the administration team), if on stimulant medications on most occasions this should not be given on the day of test (alternatively discuss with the administration team).

 

Sleep Deprivation for EEG

Sleep deprived EEG monitoring records electrical activity of the brain and can vary in duration from 1-2 hours, with the aim being to capture one or more of the child’s events, and record EEG during sleep.

DO NOT allow your child to nap or sleep (especially in the car) on the way to your appointment.It is critical your child sleeps during the test.

 

 

Gastroenterology

 

Bowel Preparation for Colonoscopy

 

What does this involve?

Preparing the bowel for a colonoscopy requires that the bowel is cleared out as much as possible to ensure the best outcome for the procedure. This is achieved by drinking Picosalax which will cause loose bowel motions or a ‘Bowel Clear out’. To ensure your child does not become dehydrated, do encourage him/her to drink lots of clear fluid!

 

You are advised to:

Buy 2 sachets of Picosalax which is available over the counter from the chemist.

You should ask your chemist ahead of time if this product is available or if they can order it in.

 

  1. On the Day Before the procedure, your child should:

Have a light, low fibre breakfast – this can comprise of white bread, yoghurt and cornflakes.

 

After this, only clear fluids are allowed until after the procedure the next day.

 

No solid food is allowed after breakfast.


Clear Fluids Only means:

No formula or milk products.

Clear Soups

Clear juices

Clear soft drinks and sports drinks with electrolytes

Oral rehydration solutions such as Gastrolyte and Hydralyte

Jellies, Ice blocks and Icy Poles are allowed and encouraged!

 

  1. At 10 am:

Mix 1 sachet of Picosalax into 150 mls of clear fluid


Children aged between 2-8 years should have half (75mls)

Children aged > 9 years should drink the whole amount (150 mls)


This should result in loose bowel motions, or a ‘Bowel Clear out’

Encourage drinking clear fluids throughout the day to stay hydrated.

Drink at least 250 mls of clear fluid every 1-2 hours.

 

  1. At 4 pm:

Mix another sachet of Picosalax into 150 mls of clear fluid


Again:

Children aged between 2-8 years should have half (75mls)

Children aged > 9 years should drink the whole amount (150 mls)

 

Encourage drinking more clear fluids –  250 mls every 1-2 hours until bedtime.


On the day of the Colonoscopy:

Your child must be appropriately fasted to ensure a safe General Anaesthetic.

No solid foods.

No formula or milk products.

 

If your child has been booked to have his/her procedure in the morning


            Clear fluids are allowed up until 6 am

            No drinking of clear fluids after 6 am


If your child has been booked to have his/her procedure in the afternoon


            Clear fluids are allowed up until 11 am        

            No drinking of clear fluids after 11 am


What to Expect from the Bowel Prep

Your child should experience loose bowel motions

Bowel motions should eventually progress to becoming clear, yellow and watery.

He/she may experience some nausea and bloating.

If your child is not running clear by the morning of the procedure, he/she may require an additional per rectal medication to encourage complete stool evacuation before the procedure.