Which dietary modifications are used in the treatment of bacterial gastroenteritis?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Jennifer Lynn Bonheur, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The BRAT diet (ie, bananas, rice, applesauce, toast) has been recommended for years in cases of gastroenteritis. This diet is adequate during early convalescence, but, as the patient tolerates solid food, advance the diet to provide adequate protein and caloric intake. [3, 25, 26]

Introduce lean meats and clear fluids as soon as possible. [3] Dairy products are said to be better absorbed when given with proteins or complex carbohydrates.

When feeding lactose-containing dairy products, carefully monitor the patient for signs of malabsorption.

Breast milk contains many substances that promote bowel growth and antagonize bacteria; thus, continue breastfeeding throughout the illness for infants.


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