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What to eat after stomach bug

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angelpuffs Tue 02-Aug-16 07:08:30

I had a stomach bug- diarrhea only (no vomiting) which started 8 days ago and is now better in the sense that I can eat plain foods without rushing to the loo an hour later. However I tried to eat a proper meal last night- chicken, noodles, vegetables and the diarrhea came back again (although only once). Until then I'd had pasta, rice, bananas, toast etc with no ill effects for 2-3 days.
Can anyone advise what to introduce to vary my diet and get some protein without causing the diarrhea to come back? I'm worried I'm not healing properly by just eating toast but don't want to set myself back either. And any suggestions on what to avoid would be helpful too. Thanks!

Poptart27 Tue 02-Aug-16 07:12:26

I had similar last summer-also diarrhea only (thank god). It took me months to be able to eat meat again. I was literally vegetarian for about 3 months. Your stomach is still healing and meat will be hard on it as it's harder to digest. Stick to no dairy, and ease in the fruit and veg (start with apples and bananas).

Poptart27 Tue 02-Aug-16 07:13:01

Also go easy on the wheat

angelpuffs Tue 02-Aug-16 07:56:02

Thanks Poplar. What about fish? Caffeine? Alcohol? Can you remember how long before you could manage those? I'm only talking small amounts- 1 coffee a day, max 2 glasses of wine on a Saturday night.... smile

angelpuffs Tue 02-Aug-16 07:56:28

Sorry- Poptart not Poplar!

Poptart27 Tue 02-Aug-16 08:42:44

Wine was as soon as I could stomach it. I drank some 2 days after the event and just didn't fancy it but no ill effects. Honest on caffeine. One a day sounds right. Try peppermint tea too.

murphys Tue 02-Aug-16 08:47:33

Coffee is a natural laxative, so I would steer clear of any for a while.

Dairy is probably not a good option right now either. As is vegetables and fruit. If its bland, then its your best bet.

We got hit with the rotovirus a while back. I was suggested that we stick to noodles, potatoes, toast, grated apple with no skin, banana's etc. 8 days is a long time though, I assume you have been having hydration drinks?

angelpuffs Tue 02-Aug-16 09:03:53

Hi Murphys. I haven't had a full on bug for 8 days- it's more that my bowels haven't got back to normal yet. So I only usually go once a day but it's looser than usual, if you see what I mean. It had been almost completely normal yesterday morning (as in not loose) so I tried the meal last night which was a bad idea.

murphys Tue 02-Aug-16 09:15:25

Ah, sorry I did misread your post.

I think just stick to light foods, grilled chicken or fish, nothing too fatty so no lamb or that sort of meat.

And a probiotic.

And hold off on the wine for a bit, unfortunately wink

Hope you are back to normal asap.

angelpuffs Tue 02-Aug-16 09:22:35

Re the probiotic- doesn't this count as dairy? And what about other yogurts? Are they good or bad...? confused

murphys Tue 02-Aug-16 09:29:34

You get a tablet version of probiotics. As I am not in UK I don't know which ones you get there, but one of the better ones we get here is Reuterina. They replace the good bugs that you have, er, discarded over the past 8 days wink

angelpuffs Tue 02-Aug-16 09:51:15

Ok thanks- will look for those smile

Minime85 Tue 02-Aug-16 11:48:16

Scrambled egg, avoid veg like cabbage and onions stick to blander ones that are easier to digest. Boiled potatoes only. A good probiotic, not dairy based. Can get liquid and tablet based ones. Go de caffeinated in tea. Nothing fizzy. Nothing greasy. Chicken best meat to start back on but small portions. Peppermint tea very soothing. Hope you feel better soon.

angelpuffs Tue 02-Aug-16 12:04:24

Thanks Minimesmile

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