Food Poisoning and Safe Food Handling - Home Treatment
Most cases of
food poisoning will go away in a few days with rest
and care at home. The following information will help you recover.
the most frequent complication of food poisoning. Older persons and children
should take special precautions to prevent it.
To prevent dehydration, take
frequent sips of a
rehydration drink (such as Pedialyte). Try to drink a cup of water or rehydration drink for each large,
loose stool you have. Sports drinks, soda pop, and fruit juices contain too
much sugar and not enough of the important
electrolytes that are lost during diarrhea, so they shouldn't be used to rehydrate. You can
make your own rehydration drink.
Try to stay with your normal
diet as much as possible. Eating your usual diet will help you to get enough
Dehydration in children
extra precautions to prevent
dehydration in children.
For children who are breast-feeding or bottle-feeding,
continue the regular breast milk or formula feeding as much as possible. You
may have to feed more often to replace lost fluids. Give an
oral rehydration solution (ORS), such as Pedialyte, between feedings only if
you see signs of dehydration.
For older children, give ½ cup
[4 fl oz (118 mL)] to 1 cup
[8 fl oz (237 mL)] of water,
milk, or a rehydration drink each hour, and try to keep feeding your child his
or her usual diet. Foods to try include potatoes, chicken breast without the
skin, cereal, yogurt, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Try to avoid foods that
have a lot of fat or sugar. Supplement feedings with small sips or spoonfuls of
a rehydration drink or clear liquid every few minutes.
information on treating diarrhea or dehydration, see: