Giardiasis Self-Care at Home
- Drink fluids such as sports drinks, diluted fruit juices, flat soda (such as 7-Up or ginger ale, none with caffeine), broth, soups, or preparations such as Pedialyte for children. Fluids should be taken in small amounts frequently throughout the day. Avoid fluids containing caffeine.
- Suck on ice chips to keep from becoming dehydrated if you cannot keep fluids down.
- After 12 hours, the diet can be advanced to bland foods such as potatoes, noodles, rice, toast, cereal, crackers, and boiled vegetables. Avoid spicy, greasy, and fried foods.
- After stools become formed, return to a regular diet. Avoid milk for several weeks.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/16/2012
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