The BRAT diet (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast) was once a staple of most pediatricians’ recommendations for children with an upset stomach. The idea was that it gave the gut a chance to rest and reduced the amount of stool produced. Now experts say the BRAT diet may not be the best option for children.
Because BRAT diet foods are low in fiber, protein, and fat, the diet lacks enough nutrition to help a child’s gastrointestinal tract recover. The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that kids resume eating a normal, well-balanced diet appropriate for their age within 24 hours of getting sick. That diet should include a mix of fruits, vegetables, meat, yogurt, and complex carbohydrates.
Both children and adults need to drink plenty of fluids while they’re sick to prevent Dehydration Water is good, but adding broth, a sports drink, or a re-hydration solution can help replace lost electrolytes.
Call your health care provider and/or seek medical attention if you or your child experiences any of the following:
- Diarrhea continues for more than two days
- Poor Fluid Intake or unable to maintain adequate hydration
- A temperature of 102 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
- Reduced urine output
- No tears or sunken cheeks