Vomiting and Diarrhea

Vomiting and Diarrhea are two common ailments which may not be due to any serious cause if the vomiting occurs once or the diarrhea only lasts for a day. However, the presence of both vomiting and diarrhea simultaneously may be a cause for concern, especially if it is sudden and you have other symptoms such as a fever.

What to do when you have vomiting or diarrhea

  • Nothing by mouth for two hours after the last time vomiting
    • Then: Ice chips for one hour
    • Then: A clear liquid diet
  • Drink weak, sweet tea
  • Drink 7-UP, Ginger Ale, Sprite, Gatorade, other clear soft drinks
  • Drink chicken broth or beef broth
  • Eat Popsicles or sherbet
  • Avoid Dairy products
  • Don't consume dark soda, caffeine, orange juice, grapefruit juice, tomato juice (no acidic juices)
  • Start with small amounts such as one ounce (two tablespoons) per hour for 2-4 hours and slowly increase to larger amounts as long as there is no vomiting. Liquids at room temperature are usually tolerated best

B.R.A.T. Diet

  • Bananas
  • Rice
  • Applesauce
  • Tea (clear liquids)
  • Toast, pretzels, and crackers
  • Then Start with small amounts to determine if solid food will be tolerated.
  • Gradually increase amounts if no abdominal cramping or diarrhea

Regular Diet

Gradually return to normal foods, eating small amounts frequently to test your tolerance of each food. Avoid alcohol, fried, or greasy foods, highly seasoned foods, dairy products and foods that you know will usually cause gastro-intestinal distress until you are back to normal for several days

  • No fresh fruits or vegetables except bananas
  • NO cabbage, Brussels sprouts, etc.
  • May have mashed, baked or boiled potatoes
  • May have baked or broiled chicken, turkey, or fish