Stomach upset is considered as a broad term that includes symptoms that occur along with inflammation or other issues in the stomach or intestines. The ensuing inflammation is also known as gastroenteritis and can stem from viruses, infections, adverse reactions to medications or contaminated food.
If an individual experiences stomach upset, it can make it hard to eat food and cause stomach cramps, nausea, appetite loss, diarrhea and weakness. There are medications that are available to manage stomach upset but there are other measures that can be done such as modifications to diet to relieve the discomfort.
How to ease stomach upset
- An initial attack of stomach upset can be managed by instructing the individual not to eat or drink for the initial 6 hours. You can provide him/her with hard candies or candied ginger to suck on. An alternative is to suck on ice popsicles or chips to help ease the stomach.
- Provide the individual with soft foods if possible during the initial 24 hours. After the initial 6 hours, the individual can resume drinking fluids to help nourish the body as well as keeping it hydrated. The individual can sip on water and juice throughout the day to ensure that at least 2 quarts of fluids is consumed. Avoid milk and/or soup that can worsen the digestive issues especially diarrhea. If the individual experiences issues with diarrhea, rice is a soft food that can be eaten in small portions to help ease the discomfort.
- At the second day of the stomach upset, you can add foods that are easy to digest such as bananas and canned soft fruits such as apricots and peaches. Another ideal option that you can provide is applesauce. Even though dairy products must be avoided, dry toast with jelly can be given. In addition, crackers can also provide nourishment to the body while easy on the stomach and intestines.
- Provide the individual with bland, solid foods that are low in fat or grease at the 3rd day such as boiled lean meat such as chicken, potatoes and eggs. Spices must be avoided during this time until the stomach upset subsides.
Important considerations to bear in mind
A doctor should be consulted if the condition does not seem to improve after 3 days or if the individual experiences fever higher than 101 degrees F, bleeding or greenish stool.
Even though yogurt is a dairy product, it is considered beneficial to those who have a stomach upset due to the probiotics present. This is considered useful for those who ae suffering from diarrhea that typically occurs due to the imbalance of bacteria in the intestines.