Gastroenteritis Diet

For a gastroenteritis diet, take small amounts of food and fluids very frequently (every hour), rather than large amounts three times a day.

DAY 1 CLEAR FLUIDS ONLY.
Repalyte, Hydralyte and Gastrolyte (available from chemists and tastes better when cold) are best, but white grape juice, clear soups, Bonox, very dilute flat lemonade, very dilute cordial and frozen cordial may be used for a short time in milder cases.
Average 50 mLs an hour for a child, 100mLs an hour for an adult.
Do NOT drink plain water.
Isomil, Prosobee, Infasoy, etc can be used as a milk substitute in infants. Lactose free milk (“Lactaid”) may be used.
Breast milk is perfect for infants even with gastroenteritis.
DAY 2 LIGHT DIET.
Continue clear fluids and add bread, toast, boiled rice, dry biscuits (eg: quarter slice of bread, half a dry biscuit every half hour).
DAY 3 ADD NUTRITION.
Boiled vegetables, fruits, white meats (chicken breast, fish), cereals.
DAY 4 GRADUALLY INCREASE FOOD INTAKE
Until returned to normal.

AVOID :

All dairy products (eg: milk, cream, cheese, butter, ice cream, custard, yoghurt), eggs, red meat, fatty and fried foods until completely better.

The reason to avoid these food is that the dairy products encourage the growth of bacteria and encourage food going down the bowls causing more diarrhoea and same is the case for fatty foods.

Gastroenteritis Diet - foods to avoid

(Last modified: 7th Oct 2014)

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