Take frequent sips of clear fluids such as Ginger Ale, Sprite, and weak iced tea. When this is tolerated (without an increase in symptoms), progress to clear soups (such as chicken noodle), crackers/toast, and jello.
Next 24 hours (2nd day)
Add to the above: Bananas, rice and applesauce. The objective during the first 24-48 hours is to allow the colon to rest and still provide appropriate fluids and electrolytes.
Next 24 hours (3rd day)
If the above is tolerated with no symptoms of nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, progress to a bland diet (for example: mashed potatoes, baked chicken, rice, poached egg). Avoid spicy foods, fried foods, foods high in fat content, and roughage (such as lettuce, cabbage, etc.).
If this is tolerated without the previous symptoms, work back up to regular diet over the next 48 hours.
The following over-the-counter medications may also provide some relief when used in addition to the above recommendations: Emetrol may help in controlling nausea and vomiting. Immodium, Kaopectate, of Donnagel may help in controlling diarrhea and cramping in abdomen. Anti-diarrheals should not be used until diarrhea persists for at least 3 or more days. Your body may be trying to rid itself of a toxin.
If symptoms do not improve after 24 hours and you are following all recommendations or if symptoms are accompanied by severe pain (interfering with sleep, impairment of mobility) or fever over 102 degrees Fahrenheit, you should seek assistance and proceed to Hospital Emergency Room or call 911.
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