While you are waiting for the diarrhea to end, you should avoid foods that can make it worse, including:
- Milk and most milk products, such as ice cream or cheese
- High-fat or greasy foods, such as fried foods
- Very sweet foods, such as cakes and cookies
- Foods that have a lot of fiber, such as citrus fruits.
It is also best to avoid milk and other dairy products for 7 to 10 days after the diarrhea improves. A mild case of lactose intolerance often follows cases of diarrhea.
As you improve, the best foods to start eating are easily digested, high-carbohydrate foods, including:
- Plain rice
- Boiled potatoes
- Cooked carrots
- Baked chicken without the skin or fat.
For children, the pediatrician may recommend bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast (this is sometimes called the BRAT diet).
(Click Diarrhea Diet for more information.)