Diarrhea diet for toddlers

Diarrhea diet for toddlers

What to eat when stools are loose


Diarrhea (increased liquid poops) can be caused by a virus, a change in diet, undercooked food, medication, or by bacteria passed by unwashed hands. 

Diarrhea diet for toddler

What to feed toddlers if they have diarrhea:

  • Give:
    • No milk products 
    • Bananas, ripe
    • Rice, rice cereal rice cakes, rice in soup
    • Applesauce. The fiber in applesauce attracts water in the intestine and firms the stools.  
    • Whole grain bread and toast
    • Whole grain cereal – oatmeal, cream of wheat
    • Potatoes, mashed
    • Boiled chicken, chicken broth
    • Crackers, especially mashed in soup
    • Noodles and macaroni
    • Jello (homemade) or popsicles
    • Oral rehydration solutions (ORS) – Pedialyte, Rehydralyte

Give plenty of fluids and call your pediatric healthcare provider

Adapted from Nurturing with Nutrition by Dr. Melanie Bezarte and Lucille Beseler, RDN