Objectives The aim of this qualitative study is to examine the attitude and experience
of parents with epileptic children regarding the disease after ketogenic diet
Methods The qualitative study used semi-structured one-to-one interviews with
parents of epileptic children during their ketogenic diet intervention between June 1,
2010, and July 31, 2014. The parents of 30 children with epilepsy treated in King Fahad
Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, were included in final analysis.
Results: Cultural beliefs dictate the way parents seek
help. After starting and maintaining a ketogenic diet,
there was a significant positive attitude towards the scientific ways of treating epilepsy.
Parents showed a positive attitude towards the ketogenic diet intervention. Improved
cognition, walking, mood, increased vocabulary, better sleep, and medication reduction
were the major improvements reported in our sample set even when parents were
holding cultural beliefs about epilepsy; they changed their opinion positively after the
Conclusion Cultural beliefs, despite being deeply rooted in the minds of parents are
still amenable to change. Professionals should carefully discuss parental beliefs and
expectations in advance of ketogenic diet initiation to rectify the false ones. This study
suggests that advice, support, and information, which amend culture beliefs, are
المراجع:: • Alqahtani, Mohammed MJ, and Adel AH Mahmoud. "Parental Beliefs and Experiences about Their Children's Epilepsy after Starting the Ketogenic Diet in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia." Journal of Pediatric Neurology. 2016. 14, 1–11.