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Why may my child need the ketogenic diet for epilepsy?

The ketogenic diet is a special kind of diet for patients with epilepsy. It may be recommended by your healthcare provider as an adjunct to seizure control medications if those medications alone are not working to prevent seizures in your child. The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet. This kind of diet is difficult to follow and is often started in a hospital setting. A nutritionist usually follows the patient very closely and offers suggestions for meals and snacks. There are benefits to taking on this difficult diet, and it has been shown in case studies to cut seizure recurrences in 50% of patients and to eliminate seizures in 10 to 15% of patients.

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