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What is a ketogenic diet for epilepsy?

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A ketogenic diet is a strict meal plan that may help children whose seizures aren't controlled by medicine. You'll need to work closely with your doctor and a dietitian. The diet usually starts out with a fast that lasts 24 to 48 hours. Your child will likely need to be in the hospital while this happens so doctors can monitor his health. After that, he'll need to stick to foods that are high in fat and low in carbohydrates.

SOURCES: The Cleveland Clinic Health Information Center: "Treating Epilepsy." Epilepsy Foundation: "Bone Health a Concern for Some Women with Epilepsy;" "Epilepsy: an introduction;"  "Finding the Right Medication;" "When Standard Treatment is Not Enough;" and "Ketogenic Diet." National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Seizures and Epilepsy: Hope Through Research." Wiebe, S.  , Aug. 2, 2001; vol. 345: pp 311-318. News release, FDA. Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. News release, UCB, Inc.






New England Journal of Medicine

University Hospital, Newark, NJ: "The Ketogenic Diet."

Epilepsy Foundation, Greater Chicago: "Ketogenic Diet."

 

 

 

 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on December 15, 2018

SOURCES: The Cleveland Clinic Health Information Center: "Treating Epilepsy." Epilepsy Foundation: "Bone Health a Concern for Some Women with Epilepsy;" "Epilepsy: an introduction;"  "Finding the Right Medication;" "When Standard Treatment is Not Enough;" and "Ketogenic Diet." National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Seizures and Epilepsy: Hope Through Research." Wiebe, S.  , Aug. 2, 2001; vol. 345: pp 311-318. News release, FDA. Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. News release, UCB, Inc.






New England Journal of Medicine

University Hospital, Newark, NJ: "The Ketogenic Diet."

Epilepsy Foundation, Greater Chicago: "Ketogenic Diet."

 

 

 

 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on December 15, 2018

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