While the occasional stomach ache may be inevitable, it doesn't have to go untreated. Various factors can cause gastroenteritis, including viruses, contaminated food or ice, medications or exposure to unfamiliar bacteria when traveling outside the country. If you're not a fan of medication, don't fret. There are plenty of foods that can settle an upset tummy, while preventing dehydration and ensuring you intake some nutrients. Ease into foods slowly, and omit any items that irritate your stomach further.
It's best to avoid solid foods when you have a stomach ache. Instead, you can calm that ache with liquids. Drink as much water as possible, particularly if the stomach ache involves vomiting or diarrhea, as you can quickly become dehydrated. If these symptoms are not present, keep your stomach satiated with clear liquids, such as Jell-O, soup broth and apple juice. These liquids provide fuel for your body, which can strengthen its fight against the stomach ache, and may help to flush your system of any "bug" that is causing the ailment.
Avoid thick or dairy-based liquids, such as cream-based soups, milk or ice cream. And even though they can be interpreted as "clear liquids," carbonated drinks like ginger ale and soda should be avoided unless they are flat. You can dissipate the carbonation by pouring the liquid between two cups until all the bubbles disappear. Chamomile, peppermint and ginger tea are also soothing, but drink only caffeine-free teas, as caffeine can aggravate a sensitive stomach.
Foods that are Easy to Digest
Slowly introduce easy-to-digest foods---such as applesauce, rice and bananas--- into your diet only after any vomiting and diarrhea has subsided. Plain toast, bread or crackers can also soothe an aching stomach. Avoid any acidic and citrus fruits, such as pineapples, tangerines and mandarin oranges. And oddly enough, even though oatmeal may seem like a thick, complex meal, its thickness is actually great for coating a stomach ache; just be sure to eat it plain.
Bland solid foods can also provide sustenance and shouldn't further aggravate a sensitive stomach. Proteins and starches are best for soothing a stomach ache. Try skinless chicken, poached fish, hard-boiled eggs or plain baked potatoes.