Eating, Diet, and Nutrition for Diarrhea
What should I eat if I have diarrhea?
If you have diarrhea, you may lose your appetite for a short time. In most cases, when your appetite returns, you can go back to eating your normal diet. Parents and caretakers should give children with diarrhea their usual age-appropriate diet and give infants breast milk or formula.
What should I avoid eating if I have diarrhea?
You should avoid foods that may make your diarrhea worse, such as
- alcoholic beverages
- drinks and foods containing caffeine
- dairy products such as milk, cheese, and ice cream
- fatty and greasy foods
- drinks and foods containing fructose
- fruits such as apples, peaches, and pears
- spicy foods
- diet drinks and sugarless gum and candies containing sweeteners such as sorbitol, mannitol, and xylitol
Research shows that following a restricted diet does not help treat diarrhea in most cases. Most experts do not recommend fasting or following a restricted diet when you have diarrhea.
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