Nausea, Vomiting, & Diarrhea

Nausea, Vomiting, & Diarrhea Diet
(Clear Liquids & Bland Foods)

If you are nauseous or if you have diarrhea, it is best to rest your stomach and intestines. It would be best to avoid all solid foods for 24 hours. If you have vomited, you should have nothing by mouth for one hour. You may then start by sucking on ice chips or having water in one tablespoon quantities. You can double the amount of water every 20 minutes. It is very important to keep drinking fluids during your illness. If you vomit again, you must once again avoid anything by mouth for one hour and then start the ice chips or tablespoon quantities of water.

Fluids you may drink:

  • In general, anything you can see through is okay.
  • Water
  • Apple juice
  • Gatorade (DO NOT USE for CHILDREN under age 5)
  • Pedialyte or similar product
  • Broth
  • Flat 7-Up or ginger ale (no bubbles! Let the soda sit in an open glass for one hour.)
  • Herb teas such as peppermint or chamomile

Fluids to avoid:

  • Alcohol
  • Citrus Juices
  • Coffee and black tea
  • Milk and other dairy products

When you have not thrown up for 18-24 hours, the following list of bland foods are okay for the next 24-48 hours. After this time period, you may resume your normal diet providing you feel well. Call the health center at 253.879.1555 if you continue to feel ill.

These Foods are OK

  • Eggs (boiled or poached)
  • Cooked Vegetables: carrots, green beans, squash, beets, potatoes without skin
  • Applesauce
  • Bananas
  • Rice
  • Dry toast (without butter)
  • Cooked cereals (including rice and barley)
  • Pasta (without topping)

If there is no known ulcer or lactose intolerance or diarrhea, then cottage cheese, yogurt, milk, milkshakes, and dairy-based blender drinks are okay.

Small, frequent meals may be better tolerated.

These foods Should Be avoided!

  • Fried foods
  • Pickles, olives, relish
  • Spicy foods
  • Coffee, black tea, cola
  • Black and red pepper
  • Raw fruits
  • Hard foods such as nuts, seeds, popcorn
  • Raw vegetables and bran
  • Smoked foods such as bacon, sausage, luncheon meats
  • Gas forming foods: cabbage, cucumber, garlic, dried beans, onions, green pepper, turnips, rutabagas
  • Alcohol
  • Food at hot temperatures
  • Potato chips and tortilla chips