Seizure control with ketogenic diet
and young children with epilepsy due to a confirmed genetic abnormality have a
better response to treatment with ketogenic diet, compared to patients with
other types of epilepsy, according to a review of 10-year experience at Ann
& Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.
diet continues to be a safe, effective and well-tolerated treatment for
patients under 3 years of age with drug-resistant epilepsy.
Ketogenic diet is a high fat, low carbohydrate and protein restricted diet that is rigorously medically supervised. It is widely recognized as an effective treatment for epilepsy that does not respond to medications.
The ketogenic diet is challenging to maintain and parents need extensive multi-disciplinary support, especially during the complicated period of solid food introduction. Genetic testing for infants and children with suspected genetic causes of epilepsy should be performed as early as possible so that we can provide the most precise treatments right away.