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What To Eat When You Have The Stomach Flu
You can, but Ritz crackers have considerably more fat content than saltines so are a little less gentle on an irritated stomach and bowel.
Rule of thumb: if it makes your nauseous or hurts your stomach, stop eating it and try again when you're feeling a bit better. If it doesn't cause pain or nausea, then you're good. ...Read more
Hold off on spicey: Stuff for now. Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip often to prevent dehydration. Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy &high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more
Have low grade fever, 99.5 and nauseous when I eat something. Can I have the stomach flu in the summer?
Yes: Flu really refers to influenza, which is typically a winter bug and affects mostly the respiratory system. "Stomach flu" is a nonmedical term people use for any virus that affects the GI tract. GI viruses can happen at any time of year. If your symptoms persist for more than one week, you should see your doctor. ...Read more
Stomach Flu: Drink water to hydrate yourself. You can also have clear soups / broths, unsweetened juices or oral rehydration solutions. You want to be gentle with your diet so that your GI track can recover. Stay away from dairy, leafy vegetables & most fruits initially. Caffeine & alcohol should be avoided as well as any dark carbonated beverages. ...Read more
Simple = best: I find that simple, easy to digest material; noodles, macaroni & spaghetti without sauce, graham crackers, broths, steamed rice, apple sauce, some vegetables & boiled meats are all well tolerated by a recovering gut. Fried foods/acidic juices/milk or cheese & spicy foods will often lead to recurrent cramping or nausea if consumed too early. ...Read more
Simple carbohydrates: If still nauseated, drinking fluid is more important than eating. However, if you really feel like eating stick to very simple carbs...Soda crackers, white rice, popsicles, bananas. Not teh center of a healthy diet but also don't challenge an inflamed stomach. Even inflamed tissue can absorb simple sugars so you can get some calories. If you vomit, go back to clear liquids. ...Read more
Gastroenteritis: The symptoms of stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, watery bowel movements (not bloody), abdominal cramps and a low fever. Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip often to prevent dehydration. Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, . ...Read more
I've had the stomach flu for 5 days now & I haven't been able to eat much. How long will this sickness & my inability to eat last?
How long does stomach flu last? Been 3 days it feels like I have a huge knot in my stomach. I'm hypoglycemic. Hardly can eat crackers without pain.
Gastroenteritis: According to the cdc, viral gastroenteritis usually has a duration of one to ten days (depending on the specific virus). Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy ; high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more
Fluids and Carbs: It is wise to avoid spicy, acidic, and high-fat foods during illness with nausea/vomiting. Very restricted diet is not recommended because it will limit your calorie intake. Recovery from some symptoms can be calorie-dependent, so emphasize complex carbohydrates and don't be too restrictive. With diarrhea, avoid high sugar drinks (milk, juice), can increase gas, pain and number of stools. ...Read more
What can I eat/drink to stay hydrated during the stomach flu? Haven't been able to keep anything down for days.
I have had the stomach flu 3 times within 2 months. Why am I getting it so rapidly? What could I do? I feel nauseous when I eat.
Viral illnesses: It is not uncommon to get repeated viral infections - especially if you are exposed to children. If you have ongoing nausea when you eat, you may need to get checked for other problems. Make sure you aren't pregnant (home pregnancy test). Then try liquid antacids to see if they help - they treat gastritis that can be caused by Advil/ibuprofen. ...Read more
Most commonly, when someone has a gastroenteritis ("stomach flu"), the intestines temporarily lose the components that help break down lactase, so it is common to get cramps, etc with dairy foods. May take several days up to few weeks to resolve- the body need to rebuild this function.
Take it easy, avoid dairy, consider lactase supplements. If not better or worsens, see doc. ...Read more
Diagnosed with stomach flu on Monday haven't thrown up or had stool since Thursday can I eat normally now? Fries, pickles, chips, etc...
I don't recommend it: If you are recovering from "stomach flu" and are starting to feel hungry again, no vomiting or diarrhea, it's fine to start adding solids to your diet, however I would take it easy af first. Try something bland, low in fat, and easy to digest (chicken noodle soup, crackers, toast etc) before trying anything oily, fried, or spicy! Your digestive system is recovering, you don't want to shock it! :) ...Read more
My 10 month old baby has stomach flu how long or days should the diahrrea last and all the sympthoms? She's in playful but don't eat 2 too much formula
(viral) usually last 24-48 hours. Keep baby hydrated with sips of pedialyte/formula/
watered down juice. Since she's playful, symptoms should rapidly subside. Bacterial gastroenteritis' symptoms may be more severe & last longer so that medical intervention may be needed to prevent dehydration. Braty diet (banana, rice, applesauce, toast, yogurt) may help, too. ...Read more
Lowermiddle back pain after the stomach flu? I was able to eat soup and Gatorade and it stayed down.
What to do if I have something like a stomach flu and vomit whenever I eat a meal (about 30 minutes within eating?
Gentle Transition: Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more
I have had the stomach flu for three. Its been two days since I've thrown up. I still have no appetite and am weak. How do I get more energy what eat?
Had the stomach flu 5 days ago and since then I feel nausea when I eat. Keep losing weight because of it. Is this psychological?
Probably not...: Since the stomach flu was only 5 days ago, the ongoing nausea is probably just due to residual inflammation. Resume eating very bland and easily digestable foods. That said, one can develop a psychological aversion to foods you actually vomited. If this is the case, avoid these foods temporarily and gradually the aversion will fade. ...Read more
I get gas every time I eat. This has been happening since I got the stomach flu 6 months ago. I couldn't drink milk for a while also. What is this?
Gut bacteria: Digestion problems after a recent illness may be due to alterations of the natural bacteria in the gut. This can occur due to antibiotics taken for an infection or the infection itself. Typically the natural bacteria will repopulate over time however taking a good quality probiotic supplement may help. ...Read more
On day 3 of the stomach flu, my fever has broken as well as my vomiting. I'm feeling very nauseated once I eat. How long until the symptoms subside?
You are recovering: It seems you are already recovering from the stomach flu or viral gastritis.Usual course of this condition is 1to3 days and sometimes may take a little longer with early start of clear lquids and meds to stop nausea and vomiting.It may take another couple of days till you feel ok, in my opinion if you still feel sick check with your doctor. ...Read more
I just got over the stomach flu, when I eat, my stomach is bloated to the top of my chest and I have yet to use the bathroom in 3 days. Drank lots wate?
Keep hydrated: Its a good things to stay well hydrated. Sounds like a trip to our primary care provider this week is in order. Hope this helps! ...Read more