The B.R.A.T. Diet
OF NAUSEA, VOMITING AND/OR DIARRHEA
THE “BRAT DIET”
or a sick
queasy feeling in the stomach maybe accompanied by the desire to
actual VOMITING of foodstuff contents of the
system. They are symptoms of some underlying process frequently
diseases of the gastrointestinal system, which may be caused by
food poisoning, medications, alcohol, anxiety and pregnancy. In
nausea may be a sign of an upper respiratory illness with a
DIARRHEA is a symptom of gastrointestinal disease resulting
loose, watery often frequent bowel movements. It may be “acute”,
suddenly and resolving over a few days with dietary discretion, or
“chronic” ongoing process. Causes of this symptom are similar to
listed for nausea and vomiting.
BRAT: Is a acronym for bananas, rice,
apples and toast.
TREATMENT: A short-term gastrointestinal (stomach or bowel)
requires a change in your diet to begin the recuperation process.
For Nausea and/or Vomiting:
First six hours: In the immediate six or so hours after vomiting
stopped, it is best to give your stomach a rest. Following a
period of one
to two hours, suck on a hard candy or popsicle (no chewing). Then
to ice chips or sips of water if nausea persists.
First 24 hours: (Day One) Gradually add clear liquids if the
ceased. Beginning with a sip or two every ten minutes is a good
start. Suggestions include water, apple juice, flat soda, weak
(in liquid or gelatin form), broth or bouillon (clear based from
non-greasy soup). If symptoms of nausea or vomiting return, begin
process again, taking nothing by mouth for an hour or so.
(DAY TWO) - Begin to add bland foods like bananas, rice,
crackers, cooked cereals (Farina, Cream of Wheat), toast and
(DAY THREE) - Progress to a “regular” diet by adding such things
cooked eggs, sherbert, stewed fruits, cooked vegetables, white
chicken or turkey.
WHAT FOODS TO AVOID
Avoid milk and dairy products for three days.
Avoid fried, fatty, greasy and spicy foods.
Avoid pork, veal, salmon and sardines.
Avoid raw vegetables such as parsnips, beets, sauerkraut, corn on
cabbage family, onions.
Avoid citrus fruits: pineapples, oranges, grapefruits, tomatoes.
Other fruits to avoid are cherries, grapes, figs, currants,
rhubarb, seeded berries.
Avoid extremely hot or cold beverages.
Avoid coffee and caffeinated sodas.
Drink plenty of water or liquids to avoid dehydration from fluid
due to your illness.
Rest and avoid exertion to give your body a chance to recover.
Consult the Health Service about taking medication.
Make an appointment if you are not getting better despite dietary
compliance after 24 hours, if you have a problem with chronic
if you have additional symptoms of fever, weight loss,
(feeling of faintness), rectal bleeding or abdominal pain.