Medicine for treating seizures may not work for all children. Some children may benefit from nutrition therapy.
Neurologists may use the ketogenic diet or the modified Atkins diet to lessen or stop a child’s seizures. The ketogenic diet team will help you decide if this is the right choice for your child. If it is, your child may begin the ketogenic diet or the modified Atkins diet. If the diet is effective, some children are able to decrease the number of antiseizure medicines that they take.
Our ketogenic diet program serves a diverse group of patients across the Pacific Northwest, from early childhood to 18 years of age.
The ketogenic diet restricts many foods that your child eats. The diet includes eating foods that are high in fat and very low in carbohydrates and proteins.
In general, children following a ketogenic diet must avoid:
- Most fruits and vegetables
The ketogenic diet team will make sure your child is receiving nutrients to grow and maintain a healthy weight. All meals and snacks must be weighed on a scale, and recipes are often planned in advance.
To start the ketogenic diet, your child will be admitted to the hospital and closely cared for by the ketogenic diet team while they adjust to their new diet.
Once on the diet, your child will have routine follow-up appointments to make sure they are tolerating it well. Many children are on the diet for 2 or more years. Children on this diet should always be under a doctor’s care.
Modified Atkins diet
The modified Atkins diet (MAD) can also help control seizures. It includes eating foods that are high in fat and very low in carbohydrates.
Unlike the ketogenic diet, children do not need to be admitted to the hospital to start the diet, and it does not require that food be measured with a scale. Children on this diet should always be under a doctor’s care.