Nutritional support can be a critical component of epilepsy management. By basically limiting carbohydrates, research has shown that a ketogenic diet that is high fat can successfully help limit seizure activity, as could a Modified Atkins Diet (MAD). This research has shown that both diets are equally useful, and we work with patients and families to determine which is easier to manage daily for individual patient needs. Both diet therapies can be used for all ages, including formula-fed infants and children who require tube feedings.
The ketogenic diet is essentially a diet high in fat, and low in carbohydrates yet provides enough protein for growth. While most children with seizures are treated with medicine, the medicine doesn't stop the seizures or produces an unwanted side effect. The ketogenic diet can be used to treat seizures. Research has indicated that large levels of ketones can help reduce some childhood seizures such as myoclonic, absence, and generalized tonic-clonic or grand mal seizures as the type of seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome.
Our specially trained clinical nutritionist and neurologist coordinate any dietary needs to help patients and families understand how to implement the carbohydrate restricted diets into your child's daily living.