The BRAT diet offers the use of an acronym originally coined to provide a simple way for individuals suffering from diarrhea to remember bland foods that are relatively easy for the digestive system to tolerate when one is ill. Specifically, the diet includes:
Some people expand the BRAT diet:
BRATT - addition of tea
BRATTY - addition of yogurt
The BRAT diet is no longer routinely recommended to patients due to its lack of well-balanced nutrients.
If you are experiencing acute diarrhea, it is important to keep yourself well-hydrated. In addition to drinking water and tea, other helpful choices are clear broth and electrolyte-containing drinks, such as sports drinks.
If you are experiencing any of the following red-flag symptoms, you should seek immediate medical attention:
- Bloody stools
- Extreme head or abdominal pain
- Fever over 103 or persistent fever that lasts more than two days
- Vomiting or severe diarrhea that lasts longer than two days
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