Before I move on from the rather momentous experience of the video EEG, we need to talk about glue. See, a 24-hour video EEG involves gluing electrodes onto the person’s head. And then, when the person tears off those electrodes during a seizure, there’s more glue. Willy had three layers of glue on his head. Cleaning it off wasn’t easy.
So, here’s a quick how-to lesson:
- If it is at all possible to buzz the child’s head, even if that’s not a style you’d prefer, before the video EEG, then do it. It’ll be worth it! I know, because we didn’t.
- If it is at all possible to convince the child to leave the electrodes on, do it. I suspect multiple layers of glue are worse than a single layer of glue.
- Before you start to clean the glue out of the child’s hair, assuming you failed in step 1 and step 2, be sure to have a comb or combs of varying fineness. This refers to how close together the teeth are.
- If the staff haven’t already done so, start by getting your child’s hair wet with a little bit of water and a lot of baby shampoo—the kind that loosens tangles without tears.
- Then, without washing out the shampoo, comb a small section of your child’s hair close to the scalp with the widest-tooth comb. You do this to pull up the glue “scabs” from your child’s scalp.
- The “scabs” will fall apart as you comb them out. Get as much out of your child’s hair as you can with the wide-toothed comb, rinsing the glue from the comb frequently.
- Then, use the narrower-toothed comb, again rinsing the glue from the comb frequently.
- Repeat these steps all around the head until you stop getting glue up with the comb. This will take at least a half an hour, probably longer.
- Then, rinse out the baby shampoo thoroughly. You’ll see even more flecks of glue.
- Then, starting with wet hair, wash (or have your child wash) the hair as normal.
It’s a lot of work getting the glue out, but you don’t want to leave it in to re-dry—because that’s even worse.