Tips on how to cope with diarrhoea
Managing your dietAlthough it is usually better for us to eat a diet high in fibre, this makes diarrhoea worse.
So if you have diarrhoea you will need to break the rules for a while and eat foods that don’t contain too much fibre. It’s best to check with your doctor how long you should do this for.
Foods high in fibre include
High fibre cereals such as bran
Dried and fresh fruit
Vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and beans
Other foods that tend to make diarrhoea worse include
Greasy, fatty and fried foods
Foods with caffeine in them – chocolate and coffee
Dairy foods such as milk, yogurt, cheese, butter and cream
Some foods tend to make your stools firmer so try these instead
Rice and pasta
Potatoes without the skin
Dry cracker biscuits
Chicken, beef or fish
Avoid pickled and spicy foods as these irritate the digestive tract and can make diarrhoea worse. Eating several small meals a day instead of 3 large ones can help you feel less bloated.
You lose a lot of fluid if you have diarrhoea so it is important to replace this to prevent dehydration. Drink as often as you can, even if it is just small sips. And avoid alcoholic drinks, as they make you lose fluid, rather than replacing it.
The best types of fluids to drink include
Non fizzy drinks
Electrolyte replacement drinks such as Dioralyte
Sounds reasonably good general advice ...