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What to eat for GVHD2


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

Half-strength juices (1 cup)
Apple juice
Cranberry juice
Grape juice

Soups (1 cup)
Chicken broth
Vegetable broth
Beef broth
Chicken rice soup
Chicken noodle soup
Ramen noodles with 1/2 pkg. seasoning

Dairy/non-dairy (1 cup)
Lactose-free 2% milk
Rice milk
Soy milk
Yogurt (with less than 7gm sugar per serving)

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

1/2 Sandwiches
Low-fat plain tuna salad sandwich on white bread
Low-fat ham sandwich on white bread
Plain egg salad on white bread
Low-fat turkey sandwich on white bread


Protein (3 ounces)
Baked chicken breast (skinless)
Roasted turkey
Hard-boiled egg or scrambled egg (plain) or fried with non-stick, non-fat cooking spray
Tuna, water packed
Lean ham
Baked mild fish (cod or tilapia)
You can request baby food

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 (unsweetened)
Canned fruit (no sugar added)

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

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
Sugar-free ice pops

Nutritional supplements (1 cup)
if recommended by registered dietitian

Margarine (1 pat)
Low-fat mayonnaise (1 tsp)
Low-fat sour cream (1 Tbsp)
Jelly sugar-free (1 portion)
Syrup, sugar-free (1 serving)
Lemon packet


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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