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BRAT Diet

Can someone please tell me what all it consist of? And does it help with diaherrea? I have an 8 month old who has strep throat and is having HORRIBLE diaherrea.

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leann74016

Asked by leann74016 at 6:30 PM on Sep. 10, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Bananas, rice or water from the boiled rice, applesauce, toast...these are "thickeners".
    Jademom07

    Answer by Jademom07 at 6:31 PM on Sep. 10, 2009

  • Oh, and yes it works.
    Jademom07

    Answer by Jademom07 at 6:31 PM on Sep. 10, 2009

  • So it would help with diaherrea? Thank you for your comment.
    leann74016

    Answer by leann74016 at 6:32 PM on Sep. 10, 2009

  • Yes, it will help and also at 8 months old you could still use rice cereal. Good luck.
    Tiera12

    Answer by Tiera12 at 6:33 PM on Sep. 10, 2009

  • Oh okay. Thank you :)
    leann74016

    Answer by leann74016 at 6:34 PM on Sep. 10, 2009

  • That's the basic BRAT diet...but any carb or starchy food will work very well. Breads, rices, pastas, potatoes (nothing cooked in oil), bananas (HUGE help here), crackers,etc....

    Just avoid juices or any drink other than formula or breastmilk.
    TiccledBlue

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 6:35 PM on Sep. 10, 2009

  • BRATT = Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast, and Tea (unsweetened is best!). Yes, it does most definately help! Formula is good for getting the nutrients the baby needs, but it may make the phlem in the throat even thicker. Ask your pediatrician what baby should be drinking.
    amy_k_in_pa

    Answer by amy_k_in_pa at 7:40 PM on Sep. 10, 2009

  • Is your baby having diarrhea because of his antibiotic? If that's the case the BEST thing would be probiotics... so yogurt, rice cereal - Happy Bellies has probiotics, or you can get chewables childrens one at GNC which you can crush and mix in something like applesauce.
    The BRAT diet helps bind things up... rice, banana, applesauce, potatoes, breads, crackers
    Stay away from all things sugary, it will make it worse... so no fruit juices
    If he's breastfed stick with that... if he is formula fed you might want to try a lactose free formula in the same brand, sometimes lactose can make diarrhea worse.
    AmiJanell

    Answer by AmiJanell at 9:45 PM on Sep. 10, 2009

  • AmiJanell: He didn't have diaherrea b/c of antibiotics. It just started a week and half ago out of no where. Thought it was teething then just continued on and on. Then he got a cough and runny nose on top of it. Now he is on antibiotics though so now I need to give him some yogurt or something to help his stools. thank you for replying ! :)
    leann74016

    Answer by leann74016 at 11:12 PM on Sep. 10, 2009

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