What to Drink and Eat After Vomiting and/or Diarrhea

Begin taking a few sips of water or oral rehydrating solution (ORS). ORS has the advantage of a proper balance of sugar and salt. Examples of brands are Pedialyte and Rehydralyte or mix your own:

  • 1 quart water (4 cups)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp baking soda

After a few sips of water or ORS, wait 30 minutes. If no vomiting or diarrhea, increase the amount taken every 30 minutes. Continue for about 1 to 3 hours, then advance to clear liquids.

Clear Liquids

  • Sports drinks – the sugar content is higher than optimal for this purpose, so it is better to dilute by mixing 1 part drink and 2 parts water or ½ drink and ½ water.
  • Clear broth or bouillon
  • Jell-O
  • Kool-Aid – decreased the sugar
  • Tea – weak and decaffeinated is best
  • Soft drinks – regular, decaffeinated and flat is best

Continue clear liquids until they are well tolerated, then advance to the Brat Diet. Eat small amounts several times a day. Returning to a nutritionally balanced diet as soon as possible promotes recovery.

Recommended Foods to Eat on the BRAT Diet

  • Bananas
  • Rice
  • Bread
  • Cheese
  • Crackers
  • Low fat yogurt
  • Cottage cheese
  • Dry cereal
  • Canned fruit
  • Cooked vegetables
  • Lean meat
  • Plain baked potato with no skin
  • Plain mashed potato

Foods to Avoid

  • Milk
  • Alcohol
  • Fatty foods
  • Fried foods
  • Raw foods
  • Spicy foods

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