The ketogenic diet is sometimes used to try and help children whose seizures cannot be reduced or stopped with epilepsy medicine. The diet is higher in fats and lower in carbohydrates than a typical diet.
The ketogenic diet should only be used under the supervision of a dietician who is an expert in the diet. This is because the balance of the diet needs to be carefully worked out for each child. Some children find the diet unpleasant and difficult to follow. Other children manage the diet very well.
Some children become seizure free as a result of the diet. Other children have fewer seizures. However, the diet does not work for every child, and it is not possible to predict who it will help.
At present, the ketogenic diet is not commonly used for adults with epilepsy in the UK. However, doctors are doing some research to see if this would be possible in the future.
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