The ketogenic diet is a treatment that can help many children with seizures. It is a medical therapy requiring the supervision of a specialized dietitian and neurologist. This carefully calculated diet can be quite high in fat, adequate in protein and low in carbohydrates when compared to a usual diet. Calories are also precisely calculated to support appropriate growth. The diet is not nutritionally complete on its own and will require the use of vitamin and mineral supplementation.
The diet initiation often requires a brief hospital admission. Fine tuning and maintaining the diet to achieve optimal seizure control is monitored on an outpatient basis. The length of time that a child requires ketogenic diet therapy remains undetermined and will need to be discussed with your dietitian and neurologist during regular follow up visits.
A discussion with your pediatric neurologist will help you determine if you or your child is a candidate for ketogenic diet therapy. The ketogenic diet clinic will provide you with the clinical support that your child requires. Recognizing however that adapting to this new diet lifestyle can be difficult, our multidisciplinary team will provide family-centred support. You will have access to the following members of our team:
* Ketogenic Dietitian
* Pediatric Neurologist
* Registered Nurse
* Child Life Specialist
* Social Worker
Should you receive a referral into our Ketogenic Diet Clinic you may journey through several stages before beginning the diet:
1. First Stage — Outpatient Clinic Visit
Introduction to the Ketogenic Diet Multidisciplinary Team.
Initial Questions and Answers about the diet
2. Second Stage — Outpatient Visit(s)
Meeting with dietitian, child life specialist and social worker
Goals: Introduction to keto meals and hands on preparation (continued)
Identifying and problem solving around issues that may impede adjustment of your child and family onto the diet.
Introduce the monitoring expectations of the parent/caregiver.
3. Third Stage — Inpatient Admission
Goal: To initiate and clinically monitor the induction of the ketogenic diet
Reinforce the meal preparation and monitoring expectations
4. Fourth Stage – Outpatient Ken Clinic Visit and Phone follow-ups
Fine Tuning of the ketogenic diet to optimize seizure control and adjustment to the new diet.
5. Maintenance Stage – Outpatient Ken Clinic Visit
Regular outpatient clinic follow-ups with the ken team
In addition, you have the opportunity to meet other parents and potential ken families through our Parent Information Group that meets regularly.