While I believe that it is NOT good to have sugar when your are sick, because both viruses and bacteria feed on it, sometimes it’s better than the alternative. And in this case, the alternative is either having a dehydrated child (which is very dangerous in the short term) or giving them an electrolyte drink that contains artificial ingredients (dangerous in the long term). Lisa, from one of our favorite blogs, 100daysofrealfood, has this great post featuring the below recipe for homemade “Homemade Pedialyte” ORS version. It’s healthier because of the natural ingredients, easy to make, and a lot less expensive, but comes with a warning message…
Disclaimer: 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 (which would probably require direct medical attention anyhow). And, as always, follow your own doctor’s advice over anything you find on the internet!
Homemade Pedialyte Recipe
- 1 quart water
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Note: If you fear your child will think this drink is too plain consider adding in a couple splashes of orange Juice. Also, the sugar and salt may dissolve more easily if you warm up the water first.