Sleep/sedation in children undergoing EEG testing: a comparison of chloral hydrate and music therapy

J Perianesth Nurs. 2005 Oct;20(5):323-32. doi: 10.1016/j.jopan.2005.08.001.


This study included a total of 60 pediatric patients ranging from 1 month through 5 years of age. The effects of chloral hydrate and music therapy were evaluated and compared as means of safe and effective ways to achieve sleep/sedation in infants and toddlers undergoing EEG testing. The results of the study indicate that music therapy may be a cost-effective, risk-free alternative to pharmacological sedation.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Controlled Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Chloral Hydrate / administration & dosage*
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Electroencephalography
  • Humans
  • Hypnotics and Sedatives / administration & dosage*
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Music Therapy*
  • Sleep / physiology*


  • Hypnotics and Sedatives
  • Chloral Hydrate