Get prepared for flu season with this easy, homemade pedialyte recipe.
When the flu bug hits
It’s hard to believe we are into the cold and flu season already. How is it that as soon as the kids go back to school, they start coming home sick. The worse part is that the tummy bug can hit at any time, without warning. Sometimes at 2 a.m. and then you’re up all night with a sick little one who can’t keep anything down. Not even water.
It’s important to keep kids hydrated through a stomach flu where they are fevered, vomiting or have diarrhea (or all three). When my kids had a stomach flu and couldn’t keep anything down, the doctor recommended I give them liquids by a teaspoon at a time. Often the flu brings on dehydration and gulping down cold water is the first thing kids want to do, but usually the water comes right back up. They don’t get time to absorb the fluids. Slow and steady wins the race. Small sips (teaspoon) at a time.
Why use pedialyte
Often, a child needs to be rehydrated after diarrhea. Drinks that contain too much sugar, like sports drinks, sodas, or juices, can draw water into the intestine, making diarrhea worse and increasing the risk of dehydration.
Pedialyte type drinks contains an effective balance of sugar and minerals, helping to prevent dehydration during diarrhea and vomiting. This balance in glucose and minerals is not found in sports drinks, sodas, or juices.
Make your own pedialyte
Why make your own pedialyte? The reasons I make my own pedialyte is because most of the time, the stores aren’t open for my to buy it when the flu hits. If they are open, my sick child isn’t going to feel up to a trip to the pharmacy. Homemade pedialyte is very inexpensive – pennies per bottle compared to the store-bought type. Plus, you don’t get the artificial ingredients you do with the other kinds. Simple, real and easy.
Recipe notes: Preparing the solution works best when you use warm water to dissolve the salt and sugar. You can heat the water up on the stove and then add the sugar and salt. Cool it down. Then you can pour it into a water bottle with a cap and store the pedialyte in the fridge. In a pinch, just add the sugar and salt to cold water and shake it help it dissolve.
Adding a little orange juice (or real grape juice) for colour and flavour can make the pedialyte tastier for kids. Also, making pedi-pops is a great idea for getting them to hydrate themselves. Pour the solution into reusable pop molds and let them freeze.
This recipe is recommended for children who are older than 1, generally healthy with properly functioning kidneys, and not experiencing severe dehydration or high fever (consult your medical professional). Always follow your own doctor’s advice over anything you find on the internet!
Homemade Pedialyte Recipe
The easy and inexpensive way to hydrate your kids when the flu bug hits.
- 1 quart of water
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- orange juice (for flavour, optional)
- mix all the ingredients together
- pour into a bottle you can seal
- store in the fridge