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What to eat for GVHD1


Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) of the gut may cause your child to have nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The doctor may ask your child to follow a bland diet to give the gut time to heal. The list below contains bland foods that are easy to digest.

Also, following these guidelines may help reduce your child’s discomfort:

  • Try to feed your child smaller meals more often. Keeping the stomach and gut from becoming too full helps the food to digest easier. This keeps the gut from working too hard.
  • Your child should avoid drinking liquids with meals. Drinking liquids with meals sometimes causes the stomach to fill quickly. It is better to save liquids for between meals.
  • If your child’s symptoms seem to get worse or come back after getting better, be sure to tell your child’s doctor right away.

Non-carbonated drinks
Bottled water
Any sugar-free beverage

Soups (1 cup)
Chicken broth
Vegetable broth
Beef broth

Vegetables (1/2 cup)
Well-cooked green beans
Well-cooked carrots
Sweet potato (plain)
You can request baby food

Fruit (1/2 cup)
Banana half
Applesauce (no added sugar)
Canned fruit (no added sugar)

Sugar-free fruit-flavored ice pop
Jello® (sugar-free)


Starchy foods (1/2 cup)
Plain mashed potatoes
Steamed or baked potatoes
Steamed rice
Plain noodles (linguini, penne, spaghetti)
Cream of Wheat®
Cream of Rice®
Corn flakes
Rice Krispies®

Toasted white bread (1 slice)
Toasted bagel (1/2)
Toasted English muffin (1/2)
Saltines (2 crackers)
White dinner roll
Plain pretzels (1 oz)
Buttermilk pancake
Low-fat Eggo® waffle

Saltine crackers (2)


This document is not intended to take the place of the care and attention of your personal physician or other professional medical services. Our aim is to promote active participation in your care and treatment by providing information and education. Questions about individual health concerns or specific treatment options should be discussed with your physician.

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