Coping with sickness

Sickness may be caused by your illness or be due to the treatment you are having.  It often occurs in phases, during which time you may find the following advice helpful. 

       Donít force yourself to eat when you feel sick.  It is important to keep your fluid intake up to prevent dehydration           

I Clear, cold drinks may be better tolerated

I Try sipping fizzy drinks such as soda water, ginger beer or lemonade

I Sip these slowly, using a straw may help

I Solid fluids such as sorbet or jelly may be easier to manage

I Herbal, ginger or peppermint tea may soothe an upset stomach 

       Start with small frequent meals and snacks and build up to your more normal diet as the sickness subsides. 

            Things to try:

            I Dry foods e.g. toast, crackers or biscuits

            I Salty foods e.g. crisps, peanuts and cheese cubes

            I Scone or teacake

            I Sandwiches with a plain filling e.g. lean meat

            I Ginger foods e.g. ginger biscuits, cake

            I Ice cream, fruit sorbets, jelly, milk pudding

            I Light meal e.g. plain poultry, meat or fish with a plain potato, rice or pasta


            Eat slowly and relax afterwards, but avoid lying flat

            Try not to drink with a meal, but have one 30 minutes before or after 

        Practical hints: 

I Nausea may become worse when the stomach is empty so try to take regular   snacks

IIf possible, a short walk in the fresh air before eating may help.  Fresh air also     helps to stimulate your appetite

I Avoid wearing tight fitting clothes

I Some people find that highly spiced or rich or fatty foods make them worse -   avoid them if they do

I If the smell of cooking makes you feel nauseous you could try eating cold foods such as sandwiches, cold meats, chilled desserts e.g. yoghurts and mousses.  Let a friend or relative cook if they offer

I Try to relax and eat slowly in a well ventilated room


Your Doctor can provide anti-sickness (anti-emetic) tablets if your symptoms persist