I am sure many of you have been told at least once bringing your sick child to the Dr. “Make sure they are getting plenty of fluids with the drink of choice being Pedialyte. What many of you may not know ..(because I didn’t) is that it contains unnecessary ingredients like artificial flavors, sweeteners, and color (yellow 6). As a new mom when I would take my son to the Dr sick, I was advised to get some Pedialyte for him and I did what the Dr. told me to do never thinking to read the label. It wasn’t until I was pregnant with my second son that I decided to actually read the label and noticed the artificial sweetener in it. Now the question was , how to do hydrate my kids when they are sick without giving them the the artificial ingredients that are found in Pedialyte?
A friend of mine at the time who is a Pediatric Nurse told me she would make her own Pedialyte for her kids so I asked her for the recipe and have been using it ever since.
I was however trying to understand how this recipe has electrolytes in it so was guessing we could substitute the water for coconut water.I was told this would then cause a lack of sodium and the kids need the sodium to help retain the liquid.
I am sure there are other versions but this is what has worked wonders for us for the last few years and I have shared it with all of my friends and family!
All Natural Homemade Pedialyte
8 tsp. Pure Cane sugar
1/2 tsp. salt ( I use sea salt)
1 liter water
1 cup of juice (for flavor)
Mix well until salt and sugar dissolve. Drink within 24 hours.
Pedialyte contains just enough sugar in balance with sodium to promote absorption. It is specially formulated to contain an effective blend of vital minerals and nutrients including sodium, glucose (sugar), potassium, chloride, and zinc.