What precautions should I take if my child starts the ketogenic diet?

Marisa Rendon
Nutrition & Dietetics
The diet should be started under close medical supervision. A registered dietitian (RD) who specializes or is familiar with the diet should assist. They will advise about the precautions to take and help with any questions you may have about the diet. The diet is begun gradually and increased to the full amount over a 3 to 4 day period. During this time blood sugar and ketone levels are monitored. A fasting period is not necessary to start the diet according to recent studies. To find a dietitian in your area visit

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