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.
Any sugar-free beverage
Half-strength juices (1 cup)
Soups (1 cup)
Chicken rice soup
Chicken noodle soup
Ramen noodles with 1/2 pkg. seasoning
Dairy/non-dairy (1 cup)
Lactose-free 2% milk
Yogurt (with less than 7gm sugar/serving)
Starchy foods (1/2 cup)
Plain mashed potatoes
Steamed or baked potatoes
Cream of Wheat®
Cream of Rice®
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)
Hard-boiled egg or scrambled egg (plain)
Tuna, water packed
Baked mild fish (catfish or cod)
You can request baby food
Vegetables (1/2 cup)
Well-cooked green beans
Sweet potato (plain)
You can request baby food
Fruit (1/2 cup)
Canned fruit (unsweetened)
Frozen fruit-flavored ice pop (sugar-free)
Toasted white bread (1 slice)
Toasted bagel (1/2)
Toasted English muffin (1/2)
Saltines (2 crackers)
White dinner roll
Plain pretzels (1 oz)
Nutritional supplements (1 cup)
Margarine (1 pat)
Low-fat mayonnaise (1 tsp)
Low-fat sour cream (1 Tbsp)
Jelly sugar-free (1 portion)
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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