When young children are sick and losing fluids to due to vomiting or diarrhea, it is important to replace those fluids as quickly as possible before they become dehydrated. Products such as Pedialyte help to replace the electrolytes due to fluid loss, but here are two homemade alternatives you can make yourself.
Pedialyte Recipe #1
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. Jello powder
Dissolve salt, sugar, and Jello powder in 1/2 cup hot water, stirring until dissolved. Pour in 2 cups cold water.
This solution can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. If you are having a hard time getting your child to drink it, try freezing it in ice cube or popsicle molds.
If you are looking for an all natural recipe, then give this one a try:
Pedialyte Recipe #2
1/3 c. lemon juice
1/3 c. honey*
1/2 tsp. salt
*Note: Do not give honey to children under the age of 1.
Dissolve honey and salt in 1/2 cup hot water, stirring until dissolved. Stir in 3 1/2 cups cold water and lemon juice.
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