A recent study looking at babies’ brainwaves points to the growing role of EEG data in revealing brain function.  In five studies of 72 infants, they were able to see their pain in the EEG data. Babies cry for many reasons, so it is important for doctors to know what they are feeling – and how to help them.  The EEG data was measured in premature infants 34 weeks and older, and allowed doctors to distinguish between pain and other reasons for crying – including hunger or simply needing a diaper change.

We use qEEG data to identify problems with brain function that can be missed by other tests.  These abnormalities, whether caused by traumatic brain injuries or other problems, are sometimes treated using neurofeedback.  While this is not done in infants (yet!), the qEEG is an important tool in the assessment and treatment of the brain.