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Is it safe to give exogenous ketones to children? My

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Is it safe to give exogenous ketones to children?

Doctor's Assistant: Do you keep personal medical records to help track this?

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Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

My grandchildren are being given ketone suppliments. Are they safe for children who are healthy, no medical problems.

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Doctor: Doctor John MD, Board Certified MD replied 8 months ago
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Doctor: Doctor John MD, Board Certified MD replied 8 months ago

I have a few more questions to ask, is that ok?

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Doctor: Doctor John MD, Board Certified MD replied 8 months ago

why are they being given the exogenous ketones?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Because their mother sells the product. They have no medical problems whatsoever.
Doctor: Doctor John MD, Board Certified MD replied 8 months ago

How old are the children?
Do you know the name of the product?

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Doctor: Doctor John MD, Board Certified MD replied 8 months ago

Ketogenic diets (high-fat, low-carb, low/mod-protein) have been used for about 100 years in pediatrics as a treatment for children with intractable seizures. The diet became less popular for seizure treatment when anti-seizure medications first became available in the 1940s.

There is some concern that long-term ketogenic diets in children may cause some reduction in growth and thin bones due to excess calcium being excreted from the body while on the diet, but this would be after being on the diet for years.

Exogenous ketone products are used now to help induce the ketosis of a ketogenic diet.
Assuming that the children are given a weight/age-appropriate dose, I am not aware of any medical concerns other that the ones I listed previously with the ketogenic diet.

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