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What foods can you eat when you have the stomach flu?

What foods can you eat when you have the stomach flu?

Stomach Flu: 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

Dr. David Cohen
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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more


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If I have the stomach flu what should I eat?

If I have the stomach flu what should I eat?

Stomach Flu: 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

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What can I eat if I have the stomach flu?

What can I eat if I have the stomach flu?

Stay hydrated: 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

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If I have the stomach flu, can I eat ritz crackers instead of saltine crackers?

If I have the stomach flu, can I eat ritz crackers instead of saltine crackers?

You can: 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

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What to do if I have the stomach flu and I rally want to eat hot cheetos. Bad or good idea?

What to do if I have the stomach flu and I rally want to eat hot cheetos. Bad or good idea?

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

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Have low grade fever, 99.5 and nauseous when I eat something. Can I have the stomach flu in the summer?

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

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What are things to eat during a stomach flu?

What are things to eat during a stomach flu?

Gastroenteritis: Start w clear liquid like water, 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

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I am recovering from a stomach flu. What to eat?

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

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What to eat and not eat after having stomach flu?

What to eat and not eat after having stomach flu?

Bland diet/avoid spi: Eat bland diet and avoid very sicy foods and large fatty meals and drink more fluids/water. ...Read more

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What to eat the day or two after having the stomach flu?

What to eat the day or two after having the stomach flu?

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

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How long before I can eat normally after the stomach flu?

How long before I can eat normally after the stomach flu?

Start slow: Stay hydrated at first with clear liquids for 18-24 hours, than slowly start to increase your diet with soft foods (brat diet), and then slowly increase your diet to more solid foods over the next 24-48 hours as tolerable. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What to eat the day after having the stomach flu if still naueous?

What to eat the day after having the stomach flu if still naueous?

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

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I have stomach flu or just too much to eat, what to do for relief?

I have stomach flu or just too much to eat, what to do for relief?

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

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What to eat with stomach flu to keep energy up?

What to eat with stomach flu to keep energy up?

Gastroenteritis: 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

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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?

Gastroenteritis.: According to the CDC, viral gastroenteritis usually has a duration of 1 to 10 days (depending on the specific virus). The average is 1 to 3 days. Start with clear liquids and work up. ...Read more

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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.

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

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What to eat with the stomach flu and nausea?

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

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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.

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

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Bad cramps after I eat. Had the stomach flu 4 days ago. I'm a guy. What's wrong?

Bad cramps after I eat. Had the stomach flu 4 days ago. I'm a guy. What's wrong?

Residual effect: 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

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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

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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

Stomach "flu": (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

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Lowermiddle back pain after the stomach flu? I was able to eat soup and Gatorade and it stayed down.

Lowermiddle back pain after the stomach flu? I was able to eat soup and Gatorade and it stayed down.

Aches and pains r: To be expected with any flu. Continue with small frequent sips of gatoraid. When hungry, try a little baked potato, toast, crackers, white rice. For aches, pain, fever use Tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more

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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

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I'm underweight (5'3 & 93 lbs). Now I had a stomach flu past 2 days and my weight is 90 lbs, I feel weak, what is the best to eat during recovery?

Food: Continue with a varied diet that contains all elements of foodstuffs. Vegetables, fruits, meats, and concentrated carbohydrates (potatoes, etc.) are the way to go. You may just have to eat more. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Hydrate & Rest: If you have been on clear solids for the last three days then work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Hydrate well. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

A condition in which a person has vomiting and diarrhea due to an infection with "stomach flu" viruses. It is contagious, and usually resolves without treatment except for over-the-counter Pedialyte or other ...Read more


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