If you have severe abdominal pain which you are unsure about, please
call Student Health (924-5362).
"Upset stomach" is the term used to describe those symptoms
accompanying the inflammation of the stomach or intestines. This
inflammation, also known as gastroenteritis, can be caused by viruses,
contaminated food, medications or exposure to unfamiliar bacteria
are the symptoms?
- Nausea (with or without vomiting)
- Stomach cramps (with or without diarrhea)
- Loss of appetite
- Feeling "blah" and weak
can you do?
You can treat symptoms through diet. The following regime offers
guidelines to follow. Note that the diet emphasized carbohydrates
initially; these are more easily digested than proteins or fats.
FIRST SIX HOURS
Avoid eating during the initial six hours after vomiting has stopped.
Try sucking on hard candy, taking sips of ice chips or popsicles
if you feel thirsty.
Continue to avoid solid foods for at least 24 hours; however, after
the first six hours have passed, start drinking fluids to maintain
strength and avoid dehydration. Fluids stay down better when taken
in frequent sips. Aim for 2 quarts or more of clear liquids per
day (i.e., flat ginger ale or cola, bouillon, apple juice, Jell-O,
Gatorade®, weak tea with sugar). Avoid creamed soups or milk;
they may increase diarrhea.
Add easily digested foods. Suggestions:
- canned peaches, pears, apricots
- toast with jelly (no butter)
- cream of wheat or rice (no milk)
If you are feeling better and vomiting or diarrhea have not returned,
you can add bland solid foods. These include:
- skinless baked or poached chicken
- boiled eggs
- baked or broiled lean meats
- baked potato
Avoid fatty, greasy and spicy foods as well as dairy products.
If you are feeling better and vomiting and/or diarrhea have not
returned, you can add other foods.
Any time the vomiting or diarrhea return, start the diet over from
the beginning and continue day by day, depending upon your symptoms.
health care personnel:
- if symptoms persist without improvement for more than 3 days.
- if vomiting or diarrhea become severe or you are unable to keep
- if bleeding occurs with vomiting or with bowel movements (may
look like coffee grounds, bright red or brown like tar).
- if stomach cramps become severe.
- if diarrhea is green.
- if fever goes above 101°F (38.3°C) or a lower fever persists
more than 3 days.
- anytime you are unsure of what to do .
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