Food goes in your mouth, into your stomach.
The parts of your food that your body doesn’t need go out of your body into the toilet (this is your body’s waste).
Breaks down food into different parts that keep you healthy
Changes food into energy your body can use
Gets rid of things it does not need (waste)
Gastrointestinal illnesses (or digestive problems) can be:
Have a history of food allergies or food intolerances
Regularly take aspirin or other pain relievers
Drink a lot of alcohol
Some illnesses, like flu, can be contagious.
These illnesses usually go away in a few days.
You have diarrhea (watery and loose bowel movements)
You can learn more about diarrhea on the DDS Safety Net.
Your stomach hurts or burns
You always feel full
You feel like you need to throw up or actually throw up
You begin to lose or gain weight
You always feel tired
Have very bad pain in your stomach
Throw up your food right after eating
See blood when you go to the bathroom or throw up
Feel very warm (have a high fever)
Have diarrhea that lasts longer than 3 – 5 days
What you are feeling in your body (your symptoms)
What food you ate
What medicine you took
Any people around you who are sick
Any family members that have digestive problems
Take a sample of your bowel movements
Take a sample of your blood
Take x-rays to look inside your body
Look inside your intestines with a small camera (called a colonoscopy)
The doctor may give you medicine.
Make sure you understand all of the doctor’s instructions before you leave the doctor’s office.
Drink lots of water (especially if you have diarrhea).
Drink soup to give your body the nutrients it needs.
Eat soft, plain food like toast, bananas, rice, or eggs.
Wash your hands often, especially:
After using the bathroom
Don’t share hand towels.
Make sure you eat meat or fish that is well-cooked.
Get regular check-ups with your doctor.
Eat and drink sensibly.
Exercise every day.
Set realistic goals for yourself.
Take time for relaxation.
Ask your doctor.
Check out these DDS Safety Net presentations:
Last updated on June 10th, 2010