Food Poisoning

ExitCare ImageFood poisoning is an illness caused by something you ate or drank. It usually lasts 1 to 2 days. Problems may be worse for people with low immune systems, the elderly, children and infants, and pregnant women.


  • Drink enough water and fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow. Drink small amounts often.

  • Ask your doctor how to replace body fluid losses (rehydration).

  • Avoid:

  • Foods high in sugar.

  • Alcohol.

  • Bubbly (carbonated) drinks.

  • Tobacco.

  • Juice.

  • Caffeine drinks.

  • Very hot or cold fluids.

  • Fatty, greasy foods.

  • Eating too much at one time.

  • Dairy products until 24 to 48 hours after watery poop (diarrhea) stops.

  • You may eat foods with active cultures (probiotics). They can be found in some yogurts and supplements.

  • Wash your hands well to avoid spreading the illness.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor. Do not give aspirin to children.

  • Ask your doctor if you should keep taking your regular medicines.


  • You have trouble breathing, swallowing, talking, or moving.

  • You have blurry vision.

  • You cannot keep fluids down.

  • You pass out (faint) or almost pass out.

  • Your eyes turn yellow.

  • You keep throwing up (vomiting) or having watery poop.

  • Belly (abdominal) pain starts, gets worse, or is just in one small spot (localizes).

  • You have a fever.

  • Your watery poop has blood in it.

  • You feel very weak, dizzy, or thirsty.

  • You do not pee for 8 hours.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.