Bland Diet (Child)

Your child has been prescribed a bland diet. This diet consists of foods that are soft in texture, mildly seasoned, low in fiber, and easily digested. This diet is for children who have digestive problems. A bland diet reduces irritation of the digestive tract. Have your child eat small frequent meals throughout the day, but stop eating 2 hours before bedtime. Follow any specific instructions from the healthcare provider about foods and beverages your child can and cannot have. The general guidelines below can help get your child started on this diet.

Image of bland foods

OK to include:

  • Water, formula, milk, clear liquids, juices, oral rehydration solutions, broth

  • Cereal, oatmeal, pasta, mashed bananas, applesauce, cooked vegetables, mashed potatoes, rice, and soups with rice or noodles

  • Dry toast, crackers, pretzels, bread

Avoid raw fruits and vegetables, beans, spices.

Note: Some children may be sensitive to the lactose in milk or formula. Their symptoms may worsen. If that happens, use oral rehydration solution instead of milk or formula.

Home care

Your child should be able to start eating a more regular, well-balanced diet, including fruits and vegetables, within about 24 hours after vomiting or having diarrhea. Talk with your healthcare provider to learn more.

© 2000-2022 The StayWell Company, LLC. All rights reserved. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.
Powered by Krames Patient Education - A Product of StayWell