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Bland Diet

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Description: The foods on the bland diet are easy to digest, low in residue and lightly seasoned. These foods should not irritate the lining of your stomach and should not cause increased production of stomach acids.

Listed below are types of food that should be avoided with reflux and other stomach conditions. By providing your child with a well-balanced diet and avoiding the items listed below, you will help minimize further problems. Remember everyone is different, just because one food might cause reflux or heartburn in one person does not mean that it may cause it in your child. If a particular food bothers your child then avoid it, no matter if it is on this list or not.

Avoid the following:

  • Alcohol
  • All Berries
  • Black, red and white pepper
  • Broth
  • Caffeine
  • Chili powder
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus fruits: all types of oranges, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, lime, kiwi
  • Cloves
  • Horseradish
  • Juices: including apple, cranberry, lemonade, grapefruit, orange
  • Mint (peppermint, spearmint)
  • Mustard
  • Nutmeg
  • Smoking
  • Spicy Nuts
  • Olives
  • Onions
  • Peppers, all types
  • Prunes
  • Salad dressing
  • Sauces: barbeque, hot sauce
  • Sodas or Carbonated beverages
  • Tannins (Tea)
  • Tomato products including spaghetti sauce, salsa, raw tomatoes, tomato paste/li>

Avoid the following foods:

  • Highly seasoned soups, such as tomato, chili, minestrone, or tortilla
  • Fried or greasy foods including meats, tacos, pizza, hot wings, snack foods such as chips and popcorn
  • Processed meats high in fat like sausage, bologna, and lunch meat
  • Gas forming foods like onions, peppers, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, sauerkraut, greens, and rutabagas
  • Rich desserts


  • Don't overeat. Decrease the size of portions at meal times, or try eating four to five small meals instead of three large ones.
  • Eat slowly. Take time to eat -- don't rush. Try putting your fork down between bites.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes.
  • Don't go to bed with a full stomach. Eat meals at least two to three hours before lying down -- this will give food time to digest and empty from your stomach, and acid levels a chance to decrease before putting your body in a position where heartburn is more likely to occur.
  • Shed some pounds. If you are overweight, losing weight can help relieve your symptoms.
  • Keep a diary or heartburn log. Keep track of when heartburn or reflux happens and the specific activities that seem to trigger the incidents. Also keep track of what foods you are eating, when, and how much.

Sample Meal Plan:


Cereal such as Cheerios
Skim milk
Scrambled egg


Turkey sandwich with lettuce, cheese, light mayo on white bread
Light yogurt


Baked chicken
Mashed potatoes with small amount of butter
Green beans
Vanilla pudding


Banana and Peanut butter
Skim milk

Disclaimer:This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.

Reviewed: 11/06

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