Epilepsy Dietary Therapy for Children
For some children, a high-protein, high-fat and low-carbohydrate diet helps manage epilepsy symptoms when medication alone doesn’t work. Several different diets have been found to be beneficial. If one is recommended for your child, a team that includes a dietitian, neurologist and social worker will tailor a meal plan to accommodate your child’s likes, needs and feeding abilities. Diets must be followed carefully; our team will work closely with you to provide support and information.
A ketogenic diet is sometimes recommended for children with epilepsy who are being treated with multiple medications but continue to have seizures. The diet includes enough protein for healthy growth, but is very low in carbohydrates and causes the body to produce ketones as it breaks down fat for its primary source of energy. In some cases, the ketogenic diet may be the only option that is effective. Please speak with your child’s primary neurologist regarding the ketogenic diet or to obtain a referral to our clinic for evaluation.