When you don’t have Pedialyte on-hand and your child gets sick, this DIY homemade Pedialyte recipe comes in pretty handy. Most parents don’t have it in the house when their little one starts to throw up. As for single parents, they typically can’t leave their baby at home to run to the store and often times they don’t have anyone available to make a run for them when their child becomes ill. This is one of the reasons I chose to put this article up. I had lost my husband when we were expecting our last child and there was just one driver now in the house. When my little one was born, she had severe reflux and stomach issues. Having this homemade recipe would have been such a blessing.
Benefits of DIY Homemade Pedialyte
When making your own Pedialyte alternative, there are at least four benefits or pluses for those who wish to make it at home:
- It’s less expensive.
- It tastes better than the name brand and if it tastes better, you’re more likely to get fluids and electrolytes into your child which is the goal.
- Another reason to make your own is that it’s easy and convenient. I have all of these ingredients on hand, except maybe the “no salt” alternative which is not necessary (*see note below.) Because I have all these ingredients on hand at any given time, it makes this recipe that much more of a desirable option.
- It’s also great for adults after a work out on a hot summer day or when traveling.
A Pedialyte alternative isn’t just good for upset tummies, but also good for colds and fevers. It helps to keep the electrolytes in check as well as keeping little ones hydrated.
If your child has a cold, fever, diarrhea or is vomiting, try this homemade recipe.
Trace Minerals and Salt
*Did you know that sea salt contains all 92 of the vital trace minerals that our bodies need, so make sure to use pure, unrefined, high quality sea salt in order to make sure that you are truly replacing the minerals that are needed during re-hydration. Make sure that you use either the “sea salt” or the “no salt alternative” and not both. The “no-salt alternative” has potassium in it which is why it is mentioned in this recipe. Regular table salt has very little to no trace minerals in it.
Vitamin Drinks and DIY Pedialyte
This homemade recipe is cheaper than Gatorade, Powerade or Vitamin Water, which would be the grown up version of Pedialyte, although sometimes my children prefer Vitamin Water over Pedialyte. Note that the different flavors of Vitamin Water have various vitamins in them which is their marketing strategy. Those amounts of vitamins are so small in my opinion that I don’t think it makes a difference. I end up giving my childen vitamin supplements anyway. However, I do think that the electrolytes are beneficial.
You might also be surprised to see how much sugar are in these vitamin type drinks. I was shocked since they claim to be so healthy for you. When you do the math, this recipe has less sugar and carbs than most of these vitamin drinks and kids love them because they are used to the taste of Kool Aid and Jell-o. Trying to get my child to drink the brand Pedialyte due to taste is often a chore, so this mom is a happy mom thanks to this homemade recipe. It’s great to have another alternative to Vitamin Water that, for me, is usually cost prohibitive. This homemade recipe is a keeper!
After the Illness
After your child has stopped vomiting for at least 4 hours, you can start the B.R.A.T. diet. B.R.A.T. stands for Bread, rice, applesauce and toast, and go from there. Stay away from anything spicy or greasy for a couple of days.
**Advanced and severe dehydration should be evaluated and treated by a medical professional. I am posting this recipe in case you feel you want to use it and make no diagnosis or suggestions for the care of your child. If your child is ill, a call to your pediatrician or family physician may be needed. The material on this site is for educational or entertainment purposes only.