Role of dietary therapy in managing epilepsy in children


  • Mohammed Saeed Babonji Department of Pediatrics, Al Aziziyah Children Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Zahra Abdullah Alkhatir Department of Pediatrics, Maternity Children Hospital, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
  • Adel Abed Alharbi Department of Pediatrics, King Fahad Armed Forces Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Buthaynah Abdullah Alghasham King Khalid Primary Health Center, Ministry of Health, Unizah, Saudi Arabia
  • Ola Lateef Abumansour College of Medicine, Batterjee Medical College, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Majed Hassan Ali College of Pharmacy, Almaarefa University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Walaa Mohamed Ali College of Medicine, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt
  • Nermeen Nasser Alrajhi College of Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Abdulaziz Ali Al Mohammed College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Mutasim Hassan Alhasani Department of Pediatrics, King Fahad Hospital, Al Baha, Saudi Arabia
  • Saad Shaker Algethami Department of Pediatrics, King Fahad Hospital, Al Baha, Saudi Arabia
  • Salah Mohammed Alzanbagi Department of Pediatrics, Al Aziziyah Children Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia



Epilepsy, Management, Alternative medicine, Ketogenic diet, Pediatrics


Ketogenic diets have been proposed as effective management approaches that have been validated by many studies in the literature. The efficacy of administering these treatment modalities has been validated by many studies within epilepsy-related syndromes as Rett syndrome, infantile spasms, GLUT-1 deficiency and Dravet syndrome. As a result, it has been noticed that observable favorable outcomes within the first three months from starting the administration of these treatment regimens. In this literature review, we have discussed the dietary therapeutic approaches for managing epilepsy in children. The findings have been combined from different studies in the literature. Many of them are comparative investigations that have indicated the efficacy of these treatment plans in reducing both the frequency of seizures and adequately inhibiting the development of further epilepsy events. Many mechanisms have been proposed for these treatment modalities to inhibit seizures that are adequately discussed in this article. Based on the current evidence, further awareness approaches should be conducted to increase the administration of these products, especially in pharmaco-resistant cases.


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How to Cite

Babonji, M. S., Alkhatir, Z. A., Alharbi, A. A., Alghasham, B. A., Abumansour, O. L., Ali, M. H., Ali, W. M., Alrajhi, N. N., Al Mohammed, A. A., Alhasani, M. H., Algethami, S. S., & Alzanbagi, S. M. (2021). Role of dietary therapy in managing epilepsy in children. International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health, 8(9), 4580–4584.



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