A gastroenteritis diet includes the kinds of foods you should eat or give to a child who has gastroenteritis. The symptoms of gastroenteritis usually last 1-2 days. However, they can last up to 10 days. Symptoms include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal cramps
- Muscle aches
This diet can help you feel more comfortable and prevent dehydration. In the past, gastroenteritis diets have included withholding food for 24 hours and the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast). However, experts, including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), do not recommend withholding food or the BRAT diet.
If you or your child has gastroenteritis, choose a diet that is nutritious and prevents dehydration. For most people of all ages, that diet is your normal food intake, perhaps modified slightly by limiting sugars and fatty or spicy foods.
The following information will help you make good dietary choices for yourself or your child with gastroenteritis.
Last reviewedSeptember 2013by Dianne Scheinberg Rishikof MS, RD, LDN
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