Ketogenic diets are widely accepted and effective dietary regimens prescribed for the treatment of pediatric epilepsy. A ketogenic diet is typically offered when medication alone fails to control a child's seizures. Experts do not fully understand exactly how a ketogenic diet works — and, it may not be an effective treatment option for every child. Yet, we do know that some children stop having seizures or have reduced seizure frequency with these prescribed medical diets.
At our Pediatric Epilepsy Center, we offer the classic ketogenic diet and a Modified Atkins Diet (MAD). Our multidisciplinary team provides highly specialized care and consultation, along with the combined expertise of pediatric neurologists, pediatric epileptologists, a ketogenic dietitian, pediatric neurology nurses, a social worker and a case manager.
About Ketogenic Diets
If your child’s neurologist prescribes a ketogenic diet, be sure to follow instructions precisely for the best results. For example, if your child consumes too many carbohydrates, his or her body may not produce ketone bodies and the diet will not work.
Your child's neurologist has the expertise to conduct a thorough medical evaluation and determine whether a ketogenic diet is be an appropriate treatment option. Parents should not start a child on a ketogenic diet without specific recommendation, instruction and supervision of the child's neurologist.
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