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When should kids eat the BRAT diet?

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Because BRAT foods -- bananas, rice, applesauce, toast -- are low in fiber, protein, and fat, the diet lacks enough nutrition to help a child's gastrointestinal tract recover.

Kids should start eating a normal, age-appropriate diet within 24 hours of getting sick. That includes a mix of fruits, vegetables, meat, yogurt, and complex carbohydrates.

They also need to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Water is good, but adding broth, a sports drink, or a rehydration solution can help replace lost electrolytes.

From: The BRAT Diet WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Dziwe, N. , January 2004. Emergency Medicine News

Kliegman, R. , 2007. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics

Rakel, R. , 2007. Textbook of Family Medicine

Diarrhea. , January 2002. Postgraduate Medicine

Parrish, C. , June 2007. Practical Gastroenterology

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 24, 2018

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SOURCES:

Dziwe, N. , January 2004. Emergency Medicine News

Kliegman, R. , 2007. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics

Rakel, R. , 2007. Textbook of Family Medicine

Diarrhea. , January 2002. Postgraduate Medicine

Parrish, C. , June 2007. Practical Gastroenterology

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 24, 2018

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