Controlling Seizures with the Ketogenic Diet

Some children who have uncontrolled seizures may benefit from a special way of eating called the ketogenic diet. The diet consists of foods that are high in fat and low in carbohydrates, a combination that helps the body produce ketones which can help minimize seizures. The treatment is very specific and carries some risks, so a child should be monitored closely by a dietitian while on the ketogenic diet.

In this episode of CHOC Radio, clinical dietitians Jessica Brown and Lindsay Rypkema explain:

  • How the ketogenic diet works and who may benefit from it
  • Ways to maintain adequate nutrition while on the diet
  • Sample recipes and ways to alter favorite meals to the plan
  • Current research that considers whether other conditions, like tumors, could be managed by the ketogenic diet
  • How CHOC is assisting families in adapting the ketogenic diet for their child.

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What Parents Need to Know About Patient Safety

8054-0182-Award-Logos_TH-CHILDCHOC Children’s is one of only 12 children’s hospitals in the nation and just two in the state to be named a 2015 Leapfrog Top Hospital. In episode No. 48 of CHOC Radio, Dr. James Cappon, CHOC’s chief quality and patient safety officer, offers insight about the coveted award and the hospital’s ongoing commitment to the highest standards of patient safety and care. In addition, he addresses the importance of parents and patients partnering with the care team.

The Leapfrog Hospital Survey is considered the gold standard for comparing hospitals’ performances in the areas of safety, quality and efficiency. It’s focused on a nationally standardized and endorsed set of measures by which participants benchmark each other. In this poadcast, Dr. Cappon shares CHOC’s reasons for participating in the rigorous survey, as well as CHOC’s organizational-wide commitment to patient safety.

In addition, Dr. Cappon helps parents understand how safety is part of the fabric at CHOC; what drives physicians and staff to continue to push the limits of what is possible; and what parents can do to partner with their child’s care team to advance safe, quality care. He also lets parents know what questions they should never be afraid to ask. Hear more about how parents can be safety advocates for their children by listening to episode No. 48.

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Diagnosing and Treating Common Thyroid Problems in Kids

Although a thyroid test is conducted during newborn screenings in California, symptoms of endocrine disorders may not appear until closer to puberty. The endocrinology team at CHOC Children’s is regionally recognized for patient care and provides comprehensive diagnoses and treatments for endocrine disorders.

In this episode of CHOC Radio, Sandy Preasmyer, a nurse practitioner on CHOC’s Endocrinology team, discusses:

  • Warning signs parents can look for that may reflect a possible thyroid issue
  • The most common thyroid problems in kids, and how CHOC’s endocrinology specialists treat them
  • How CHOC’s endocrinology specialty programs enhance quality of life for patients

Hear more from Sandy in this podcast.

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Feeding Tubes and the Trend to Blend

Children with feeding tubes traditionally receive their nutrients from commercial formulas. Recently, dietitians at CHOC Children’s have begun working with families who prefer to feed their children blenderized tube feedings (BTF), which are real foods that are blended into a consistency similar to formula.

In this episode of CHOC Radio, registered dietitian Katherine Bennett explains:

  • The reasons families and dietitians are choosing blenderized meals over formulas
  • Concerns to keep in mind when preparing blenderized tube feedings, including food safety and how to balance the nutrients that a child needs
  • How CHOC supports families who are interested in trying this method for their children.

Hear more from Katherine in this podcast.

CHOC Radio theme music by Pat Jacobs.

Helpful Tips for Promoting Cardiovascular Health

Just in time for American Heart Month (February), CHOC Children’s Clinical Dietitian Joanne DeMarchi offers helpful tips to CHOC Radio listeners for promoting cardiovascular health. She stresses the importance of evaluating the family’s entire diet to ensure a wide variety of foods, especially fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

While consumers should avoid or limit saturated fats and trans fat, they should consider healthy fats. Joanne says monounsaturated fats and Omega- 3 fatty acids play a role in a healthy diet. People can boast their Omega-3 fatty acid intake by eating fish twice a week.

To learn more, including what Joanne considers the best way to establish healthier habits for the family and how she suggests shopping in the grocery store, listen to the podcast.

CHOC’s Clinical Nutrition and Lactation Services provides nutrition services for patients of all ages according to medical need. These services include screening and assessment of nutritional needs, recommendations for infant formula or tube feeding products, management of patients receiving parenteral nutrition, nutrition education and diet instructions, and consultation to health care providers during multidisciplinary rounds.

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