How to Use the BRAT Diet When Your Toddler Is Sick - dummies

How to Use the BRAT Diet When Your Toddler Is Sick

By Dawn Simmons, Curt Simmons, Sallie Warren

Doctors have recommended the BRAT diet for years, which helps when a toddler has an upset stomach. With the BRAT diet, you increase your child’s fluid intake and offer foods that naturally help with the problem.

  • Bananas: Bananas reduce stomach acidity and keep your child’s potassium level in check. Potassium helps regulate the body’s blood pressure.

  • Rice: Rice is a quick source of carbs and protein, and it helps when a child has diarrhea. It’s easy to digest and provides energy.

  • Apples or applesauce: Apples are easily digestible (important for already aggravated tummies) and provide a good source of sugar and vitamins, which provide energy for your ailing youngster.

  • Toast: Serve dry toast. It helps provide carbs and often settles the stomach.

When your child is sick, always check with a healthcare professional for advice.