Gentle Oral Rehydration

If you are vomiting or have diarrhea, the greatest danger to your health is dehydration. This means your body doesn’t have enough water to function normally. Some symptoms of dehydration are thirst, weakness, and dizziness, especially when you stand up quickly. The best way to treat dehydration is with frequent, small amounts of liquids. Drinking too much or too fast can trigger more vomiting.

To rehydrate after vomiting:

1. Don’t eat or drink anything for two hours.

2. Once you have gone two hours without vomiting, take a sip of clear liquids every 5 minutes for two hours.Clear liquids include: water; chicken broth; apple, grape, or cranberry juice; Jell-O; popsicles; and caffeine-free soda. If you vomit, go back to Step 1.

3. If you can handle sips of clear liquids without vomiting, you may take two swallows of clear liquids every 5 minutes for two hours. If you vomit, go back to Step 1.

4. If you can handle swallows of clear liquids without vomiting, you may add soft foods such as mashed potatoes, cream of wheat, white bread, and rice. Avoid dairy products and caffeine. Remember—eating too much or too fast can trigger the vomiting all over again. If you vomit, go back to Step 1.

5. If you’ve come this far, you may resume a normal diet. Glad you’re feeling better!

If you haven’t been able to keep anything down for 24 hours, seek medical attention.

To rehydrate if you have diarrhea:

Drink lots of clear liquids. Clear liquids include: water; chicken broth; apple, grape, or cranberry juice; Jell-O; popsicles; and caffeine-free soda. Avoid caffeine, dairy products, and greasy foods.

If you are drinking 8 ounces every hour, and you still feel dehydrated, seek medical attention.

Follow the “BRAT” diet/ These foods tend to be a little constipating, which may help slow down the loss of fluid:

        Bananas
        Rice
        Applesauce (or apples without the peels)
        Toast

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