Friday, April 29, 2011

Homemade Pedialyte

I don't know how much money I spent on Pedialyte before I wised up and realized that it's the absolute simplest and cheapest stuff in the world to make at home.


Of course, I didn't come to such knowledge until, like, the day before my boys were over a stomach virus (plague) that hung around for over two weeks.


Isn't that always the way it goes?


As cool as this recipe is to have in my back pocket, I'm SO hoping we don't get to be close chums any time soon.


Wretched stomach bugs. There are just some things I never envisioned myself doing at 3 AM pre-motherhood and we'll just leave it at that.


Oh, I can't be a grump when my little sickie is so cute and happy-go-lucky.

PS: Lizards L-O-V-E this stuff.

Homemade Pedialyte

Heat 2 quarts of water in a large pot. Whisk in 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 7 tab lespoons sugar (or honey for kids over a year old), and 2 tablespoons flavored gelatin (optional, but my 4-year-old was unlikely to drink it otherwise). When everything is dissolved, refrigerate and serve cold (your kids might like it warm, but we didn't try it).


  1. Thank you, Erin! Like you, I hope we don't need this anytime soon. We are ready for a germ free summer! I am stashing this recipe in my files for our next bought, though!

  2. Wow, great to know how to make it. I honestly had no idea heat was in that nasty stuff! :)

  3. Interesting! My mom always used to give me hot jello (flavored gelatin mixed with hot water)...and a "bendy" straw (that meant I was sick for sure). Somehow it always calmed my tummy and I was able to recover quickly...

    Thanks for sharing - love your blog!



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