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.
Life was proceeding right on schedule for self-described “drama kid” Genevieve Masson. The 16-year-old, who goes by “Geni,” went to class, hung out with friends and spent time rehearsing musical ...
By Celeste P., mom of CHOC patient Camila
When my daughter Camila was going through epilepsy surgery, I read stories about other kids’ success, and gleaned hope from them. As much ...
By Dr. Lily Tran, pediatric neurologist and epileptologist and medical director of CHOC’s comprehensive epilepsy center
Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) occurs when someone with epilepsy suddenly dies unexpectedly and ...
CHOC 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.
CHOC is one of a select number of pediatric facilities nationwide to have been ranked today as a best children’s hospital by U.S. News & World Report.
The following CHOC specialties ...
CHOC is one of only 50 pediatric facilities in the nation to earn recognition as a best children’s hospital by U.S. News & World Report.
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently conferred a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at CHOC Hospital. This is the third time ...
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 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.
CHOC Radio theme music by Pat Jacobs.
Sometimes, deciding to take a child to the emergency department (ED) isn’t a clear-cut choice for parents.
In podcast No. 46, Amy Waunch, a trauma program manager at the Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department, helps clarify this question.
When considering an ED trip, Amy says parents should look for the ABCDs: an airway blockage; noisy high-pitched breathing; circulation problems, such as blood loss and extreme dehydration; or sudden disability, such as seizures or loss of consciousness.
Listen to the podcast to learn more about the ABCD concept, as well as other elements of an ED visit:
- common reasons for an ED trip;
- what ailments can wait until the pediatrician’s office opens;
- what to expect at the ED; and
- what to bring to the ED – and what to leave at home.
Children with feeding tubes traditionally receive their nutrients from commercial formulas. Recently, dietitians at CHOC 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.