Nausea may be caused by the medicines you are taking or by
infections in your body.
Some ideas to try when you have nausea:
Don't skip meals! Not only does your body need food, but
skipping meals will probably make you feel even worse.
Eat small amounts of food often during the day. Try watching
the clock and eating something every 2 to 3 hours. Eat more food at
times of the day when you feel good.
Don't eat your favorite foods when you are nauseated. This
could cause you to be "turned off" by them later.
Eat salty foods but avoid very sweet foods.
Eat dry foods such as toast, crackers or dry cereals right from
the box. This is especially good to do soon after waking up in the
Plain, simple foods are best to eat now. Try these: soups,
puddings and custards, ice cream, rice, macaroni, noodles, toast,
yogurt, soft-cooked eggs, cream of wheat, farina, oatmeal, bananas,
canned fruit, mashed potatoes, crackers, cottage cheese and fruit,
Stay away from fried and greasy foods. Use only small amounts
of margarine, butter, cream or oil in your food.
Do not drink liquids at the same time that you eat your meals.
Drink them 30 to 60 minutes before or after eating.
Sometimes just the smell of food can make you feel sick. Open
the windows for some fresh air. Avoid making foods that will
produce a strong smell in your home, like brewing coffee, frying
meats or fish, or cooking spaghetti sauce or chili.
Do not lie down flat for at least 2 hours after eating. If you
wish to rest, sit down. If you must lay down after eating, prop
your head up at least 4 inches higher than your feet.
Some medicines cause nausea. If possible, take them at a time
of day when nausea will not interfere with meals.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a