The Do’s & Don’ts of Diarrhoea



Drink Plenty of Fluids.
Diarrhoea and vomiting may cause dehydration mild dehydration is common and can be easily prevented and quickly reversed by drinking lots of fluids.
• If vomiting, wait 5-10 minutes and then start drinking again, but more slowly.

For most adults, water should be drunk to keep hydrated. But, ideally, include some fruit juice and/or soup.

Rehydration drinks are recommended for people who are frail, severely dehydrated or over the age of 60, or who have underlying health problems. Your doctor or pharmacist will certainly advise whether you need a rehydration solution.

Eat as normally as possible:
Whilst you may not feel like eating with infectious diarrhoea, it is important to attempt small, light meals if you can. However be guided by your appetite. It is normal to have a reduced appetite and most adults can do without food for a few days, – but DO NOT STOP DRINKING. Plain foods such as wholemeal bread and rice are ideal.


Avoid drinks that contain a lot of sugar
such as cola or pop as they can sometimes make diarrhoea worse.

Avoid fatty, spicy or heavy foods, as this will only worsen your symptoms.