There are a lot of things that can cause your elderly parent to have an upset stomach. They might contract a stomach virus, or a new medication may have side effects. Whatever the cause, an upset stomach can make eating unpleasant and difficult. Yet, it’s important that older adults eat to get enough nutrients and stay healthy. Some foods are easier to digest than others, so they make better choices for a senior with an upset stomach.
Below are some foods that are easier on the stomach.
Tried and True Toast
This one probably comes as no surprise since moms have been serving it to children with upset stomachs for decades. It’s true that toast is a good option because the stomach and gut are able to process it more easily. However, it matters what kind of toast you offer. Whole wheat tends to take the body more work to break down, so while your aging relative is sick, it’s okay to stick to less healthy processed white bread. Also, the toast should be served dry.
Although fresh fruits are healthier because they have more fiber and don’t contain added sugar, they can be harder on the stomach. Canned fruits contain less fiber, making them easier on the stomach. To make them healthier, choose no-sugar added options. You can also rinse them before serving to remove some of the excess sugar.
Eggs are protein rich, so they are a healthy choice. Scrambled eggs are soft and easy to eat. They’re also generally well-tolerated on an upset stomach. Just avoid using lots of butter or serving them with cheese, which may make them less tolerable.
White rice is easier to digest than brown rice or other kinds of rice that are higher in fiber. High fiber grains can cause bloating and gas, making an upset stomach even worse.
Ripe bananas are a good source of carbohydrates that don’t contribute to stomach upset for most people. They are also a good source of potassium and other nutrients.
Senior care providers can assist your aging relative while they are recovering from an upset stomach. A senior care provider can make meals and snacks that are easy to digest, using the foods listed above as well as others. Since feeling ill and eating less may make the senior less steady on their feet, a senior care provider can also help them to stand and escort them from room to room to make sure they don’t fall.
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