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Why a physician may recommend a ketogenic diet to treat your child’s epilepsy.

If your child has epilepsy that doesn’t respond adequately to medication, or he or she is not a good candidate for epilepsy surgery, the ketogenic diet may be an ideal choice. The diet has been used for treatment of intractable epilepsy in pediatric hospitals since the 1950s, and has become more commonly used since the 1990s. Epilepsy doctors typically recommend the ketogenic diet for children who have not responded to two or more trials of seizure medicines or are felt not to be ideal candidates for epilepsy surgery. It is particularly effective in helping children with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. The less-restrictive modified Atkins™ diet may be prescribed for children who cannot tolerate the ketogenic diet or who find it too difficult to follow.

Learn more about the Brain Care Institute’s Epilepsy Center and Epilepsy Surgery Center.

Last Update
April 3, 2014
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Last Update
April 3, 2014
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