Diarrhea, Stomach Ache, and Vomiting


Until the diarrhea subsides, avoid caffeine, milk products, and greasy, high fiber or very sweet foods. do not exercise too hard. Take over the counter Imodium or Pepto Bismol as directed.

Stomach Ache

Find a comfortable position and relax. Take over-the-counter pain medications as directed. Apply heating pad. Do not exercise too hard. D not wear restrictive clothing.


Do not smoke, drink alcohol, or take aspirin. Do not eat solid foods. Do not drink milk. Drink clear liquids at room temperature. Take small sips.  Stir carbonated beverages to get out all the bubbles. Gradually return to a regular diet at least 8 hours after your last episode of vomiting. Eat foods that are easy to digest and avoid greasy or fatty foods.

Reasons to Call Provider

  • Black or bloody stools
  • Greater than 6 watery stools (children)
  • Dehydration (symptoms include: dry mouth and armpits, confusion, and decreased urination)
  • Moderate to severe abdominal pain
  • Dehydration (dry mouth, armpits, confusion,decreased urination)
  • Vomit of an unusual color (green, bloody, black)

Powell, D. (2006). Healthier at home: The proven guide to self-care & being a wise health consumer. Farmington Hills, MI: American Institute for Preventive Medicine.