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Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a condition that occurs when the patient’s cells attack donor cells after a stem cell (bone marrow) transplant. GVHD can affect the gastrointestinal tract (gut) and cause abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, and diarrhea.
The medical team may ask your child to follow a special GVHD diet. A GVHD diet includes bland foods that are easy for the body to digest. This allows the gut time to heal.
Your medical team will give you a diet plan for your child’s specific needs. It is important to follow the plan, and do not add foods unless instructed.
General nutrition guidelines include:
Some foods may make stomach upset and diarrhea worse. Your child’s diet needs may be different. Always follow the instructions given by your care team.
Foods to avoid include:
If your child’s symptoms get worse or return after getting better, tell the medical team right away.
Reviewed: October 2022