Diarrhoea in childhood cancer - nutrition advice

Diarrhoea in childhood cancer - nutrition advice

If your child with childhood cancer has diarrhoea, they need to drink more fluids than normal to replace fluids lost in the watery stools (poo). Water, diluted fruit juice or flat soft drinks are suitable. Meals should be light, smaller than usual and offered more frequently than normal.

What food and fluids should I give my child with diarrhoea?

If your child has diarrhoea, they need to drink more fluids than normal to replace fluids lost in the watery stools (poo). Water, diluted fruit juice or flat soft drinks are suitable.

Meals should be light, smaller than usual and offered more frequently than normal. White bread, rice, pasta, mashed potato, pureed apple, fish, poultry, low fibre cereals such as cornflakes, Ricies and Coco-Pops are suitable.

If your child has diarrhoea, they should temporarily avoid seeds, pips, skins and coarse stalks of fruit, vegetables and grain.

There is information about diarrhoea in the section on the side effects of chemotherapy. See:

Where to go for information and support

On this website:
Nutrition and childhood cancer
Childhood cancer: Where to go for more information and support

All the information in the Childhood cancer section of this website has been written by health professionals who work in the field of paediatric oncology.They have been reviewed by the members of the National Child Cancer Network (NZ). Medical information is authorised by the National Child Cancer Network Clinical Leader.

This page last reviewed 22 June 2013.
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