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What is the 'brat' diet for diarrhea ? Is there one called 'brats' for diarrhea?

What is the 'brat' diet for diarrhea ? Is there one called 'brats' for diarrhea?

BRAT is an acronym..: ...For bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. It does tend to help, but is probably too restrictive. Just avoid dairy, sweets (including juices), and very fatty foods until the stools are more normal. ...Read more

Brat Diet (Definition)

Bananas are part of the BRAT diet, a diet many physicians and nurses recommend for children recovering from gastrointestinal problems, particularly diarrhea. BRAT stands for the different components that make up the diet: * Bananas * Rice cereal * Applesauce * Toast These are binding foods that may help make the stools harder. DO NOT feed these foods to young infants unless ...Read more


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Can the brat diet work for diarrhea caused by an antibiotic?

A little: Due to the imbalance of healthy bacteria killed by the antibiotics, you need to establish good bacteria in the colon. There are foods that can help do this in addition to the brat diet.. Whole wheat products, bananas help for short chained fructooligosaccharides which promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the colon and reestablish the balance between yeast and good bacteria. ...Read more

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I was wondering does the brat diet work for diarrhea caused by an antibiotic?

I was wondering does the brat diet work for diarrhea caused by an antibiotic?

YEs: Bananas- have fiber which will help soak up some of the diarrhea liquid White rice- cooked of course Applesauce- has soluble fiber which also helps bind the stool Tea- try decaff - you need fluids- water or decaff tea, You dont want the caffeine- cause it makes you urinate- and that is dehydrating, and the caffeine can also make you cramp and worsen the diarrhea ...Read more

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Anything other than BRAT diet I am having diarrhea, what could it be?

Anything other than BRAT diet I am having diarrhea, what could it be?

Stomach flu: or infection. Try yogurt or a probiotic and stay hydrated . If not improving see doctor. ...Read more

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Having diarrhea when not on BRAT diet. What infection or condition can cause this?

Having diarrhea when not on BRAT diet. What infection or condition can cause this?

Many: We need more information to help you with this. There are many causes of diarrhea. How long has it been going on? Have you been on any antibiotics in the last few months? Have you traveled outside the US recently? Give us more information and we will be able to help you sort this out. Start a probiotic as soon as possible in any case. ...Read more

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Just coming off the BRAT diet & now I'm experiencing constipation instead of diarrhea. What natural food or liquid can I take for quick relief?

Just coming off the BRAT diet & now I'm experiencing constipation instead of diarrhea. What natural food or liquid can I take for quick relief?

The Brat's Revenge: Why don't you chill on that. Let your poor G.I. tract readjust and normalize.Unless you're so stopped-up your ears are pulsating, just eat a normal diet with plenty of liquids and fiber and see what happens over the next few days.Prune or other thick concentrated fruit juices(apricot,pear)work for some people.Metamucil might get the gut going but don't stress over it, that'll just make it worse ...Read more

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Diarrhea once a day in morning for three weeks lost 10 pounds GI sent me for blood and stool test no pain scaredofcrohns 16 yrs. Brat diet for 14 days?

Diarrhea once a day in morning for three weeks lost 10 pounds GI sent me for blood and stool test no pain scaredofcrohns 16 yrs. Brat diet for 14 days?

Diarrhea : I can understand while you are worried but wait for the test results as this may still be a problem that will resolve . ...Read more

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Diarrhea is back. Started with clindamycim for teeth. Took Flagyl ( 200 × 4 ) 10 days and pepto. Finished both 3 days ago. Still on BRAT diet. What next?

Diarrhea is back. Started with clindamycim for teeth. Took Flagyl ( 200 × 4 ) 10 days and pepto. Finished both 3 days ago. Still on BRAT diet. What next?

Stool assessment: If you have a secondary infection, you may need a different antibiotic. Eat lots of yogurt and take Probiotics. Try returning to your regular diet and monitor the outcome. Drink plenty of fluid and have your doctor assess your stool. All the best. ...Read more

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Diarrhea is under control after BRAT diet, but now feel sharp pain in lower back and left side of the stomach, is it due to constipation ?

Diarrhea is under control after BRAT diet, but now feel sharp pain in lower back and left side of the stomach, is it due to constipation ?

Unlikely: From your history, you just got over diarrhea, so it is unlikely that your current symptoms are now due to constipation. More likely your symptoms are related to the same virus/infection that was causing your diarrhea or from introducing food too quickly after a diarrheal illness. Before eating a regular diet, continue with bland easy to digest non oily foods. Yogurt is helpful. Soup, rice etc ...Read more

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Diarrhea stopped after taking BRAT diet but feeling mild pain on both side of the lower stomach and lower back. Also feel like bowel is not empty. ?

Stomach bug: You might be cramping due to the infection, but now you might be constipated from the BRAT diet which can make you feel like that. See how you feel after you go to the bathroom next. ...Read more

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How do I know if my c.diff or other infections related diarrhea is cured? Having solid stool. Been on BRAT diet and pepto dismal.

How do I know if my c.diff or other infections related diarrhea is cured? Having solid stool. Been on BRAT diet and pepto dismal.

C- diff cleared??: If your stools have returned to normal you can assume the C diff is cleared. The immunoassay for the toxin may still be positive so not useful. But as long as your stool is solid and not slimy foul smelling - its likely over with good luck. ...Read more

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I accidentally took too many laxatives and have been having bad diarrhea. I have a job interview soon, and i already tried pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) and brat diet.

Diarrhea: This is likely to correct itself quickly, but in the event that it does not, loperamide or Lomotil (diphenoxylat and atropine) (diphenoxylate/atropine) are both popular agents effective in treating some forms of diarrhea. Check with you friendly pharmacist to see if these are sold otc. Good luck and hope you get the job. ...Read more

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Brat diet for stomach virus 14 days doctor told me too still have diarrhea and chills maybe because of the diet only morning diarrhea then chills?

Brat diet for stomach virus 14 days doctor told me too still have diarrhea and chills maybe because of the diet only morning diarrhea then chills?

BRAT diet not needed: The BRAT diet (usually Banana, Rice, Applesauce and Toast (or Tea)) has very limited data to support this diet as a treatment for diarrhea. Also, if a person is very strict with the "BRAT" restrictions, they might not get enough energy from fat and protein. ...Read more

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Diarrhea 7 days stools yellow water, smell like skunk. Tried clear fluids BRAT diet last night up10x's + No blood, no vomit, no fever. Drinking. Help?

Diarrhea 7 days stools yellow water, smell like skunk. Tried clear fluids BRAT diet  last night up10x's + No blood, no vomit, no fever. Drinking. Help?

Need to see someone: At this point, you need to have stool culture and be started on treatment. Have you tried any over the counter Imodium (loperamide) to see if that diarrhea resolve? Any history of GI problems? So you have to go and see someone since the diarrhea is lasting more than 72 hours. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more