Find the latest advice about treating diarrhea in children
For years, many doctors suggested the BRAT diet for treating diarrhea in children. This bland diet involved eating bananas, rice, applesauce and toast, which is where the name comes from. Although this diet was the gold standard for many years, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and our Plano pediatricians no longer recommend this diet exclusively.
Research suggests that these four foods are too restrictive. They also don’t give a child’s body enough protein, fat and nutrients to give them energy and help them get healthy. As a result, our doctors now generally recommend a more balanced diet for children who are experiencing diarrhea.
Tips for treating diarrhea in children
Although the BRAT diet is no longer recommended for children, our Plano pediatricians have several suggestions to help your child feel better.
- Focus on fluids. Diarrhea and vomiting can cause dehydration, so make sure your child is getting enough to drink. Have them start with sips of water at first and stick with clear liquids until they start feeling better.
- Eat smaller meals. Instead of feeding your child three meals each day, feed them smaller meals throughout the day until their diarrhea improves.
- Stick to a bland, but nutritious diet. Children with diarrhea can often eat the following foods, including baked or boiled chicken, pasta or white rice, white bread, Jell-O, popsicles, baked potatoes, and fruits and vegetables that do not cause gas or bloating.
Most cases of diarrhea go away on their own, but you should keep track of a few things when treating diarrhea in children. If there is blood in the stool or the child’s symptoms get worse, you should contact our office.
Help and advice when you need it
Our Plano pediatricians want you to feel confident in caring for your child when he or she is sick. We offer 24/7 phone availability and sick visits to help address your questions and concerns.
Don’t hesitate to call our office with questions about treating diarrhea in children or when faced with any other medical question