Do you have bowel movements more often than normal? Are they soft, loose, or watery? Then you may have diarrhea.

Do these things to feel better:

Eat small meals that are easy to digest.

  • Eat five or six small meals each day, instead of three big meals.
  • Foods such as bananas, applesauce, white rice, and white toast are easy to digest.

Drink more liquids each day.

  • Keep in mind that drinking more won’t stop diarrhea, but it will help replace the fluids you are losing
  • Most people who have diarrhea need to drink eight to twelve cups of liquid every day.
  • Clear broth, gelatin, and Pedialyte® are good choices for most people.

Stay away from these foods:

  • Don’t have dairy products such as milk, cheese, and sour cream.
  • Don’t eat spicy, greasy, or fried foods.
  • Don’t have foods that cause gas, such as broccoli and cabbage.
  • Don’t eat foods that are high in fiber, including whole wheat breads, granola, and bran cereals.
  • Don’t eat raw fruits or vegetables. Most canned fruits and vegetables are okay.

Stay away from some drinks.

  • Some drinks can make diarrhea worse.
  • Don’t have beer, wine, and other drinks with alcohol in them.
  • Don’t have caffeine drinks like cola, coffee, and black tea.

Check with your TCI care team before taking medicine for diarrhea.

Clean your rectal area with warm water and a baby wipe. Keep the area dry. Ask about creams that can help.
Call your TCI care team if:

  • You feel dizzy
  • You have a fever of 100.5°F (38°C) or higher
  • You have diarrhea and cramps for more than one day
  • Your rectal area is sore or bleeds

Questions to ask your TCI care team:

  1. What problems should I call you about?
  2. What medicine is okay for me to take?
  3. How much liquid should I drink each day? What are oral rehydration drinks?
  4. Can you give me the name of a nutritionist so I can learn more about what foods to eat?
  5. What is a Sitz bath? Should I take these?

These foods may help if you have diarrhea.

(clear liquids) Clear broth such as chicken, vegetable, or beef )

(clear liquids) Clear soda, such as ginger ale Cranberry or grape juice Oral rehydration drinks, such as Pedialyte® Tea (without caffeine) Water

Applesauce Bananas Crackers Cream of Wheat® or Cream of Rice® cereal Eggs Gelatin (Jell-O®) Meats, such as chicken, fish, or turkey—broiled or baked, without the skin Noodles Oatmeal, Peanut butter that is creamy or smooth, Potatoes—boiled, without the skin,White rice, White toast

***Most canned or cooked fruits and vegetables without seeds or skins are easy on your stomach
Ask your TCI care provider what foods and drinks are best for you. 

“I was afraid to go places without a bathroom close by. My nurse told me about what foods to eat to feel better. She also told me about medicine that I now take when I need to.”