Food poisoning can cause a variety of symptoms depending on the cause. Many of the symptoms of food poisoning involve digestive disorders such as diarrhea and vomiting, so first aid for food poisoning includes being cautious about what you eat.
Vomiting: While you are still vomiting, avoid eating solid foods, especially those that are greasy, fried, or sweet. Until you can hold food down eat bland foods such as crackers and bread. Ginger ale may also help to calm the stomach.
Diarrhea: A bout of diarrhea can quickly lead to dehydration so it is important that you keep yourself hydrated. Any liquid will help to rehydrate but it may be safer to keep to clear liquids. Avoid drinking milk or caffeinated beverages. While you are still experiencing symptoms, do not eat or drink dairy products as this can exacerbate symptoms.
If you experience vomiting and diarrhea for more than 24 hours drink an electrolyte solution. Watch carefully for signs of dehydration and seek medical attention if necessary.
What to eat: Bland foods such as bread and crackers, plenty of fluids that include clear liquids, an electrolyte solution.
What NOT to eat: Milk, caffeinated beverages, dairy products.
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