Homemade Pedialyte

When the stomach bug hit our house, we were not prepared. My younger son threw up one night without warning… he was happy, giggling, drinking milk, playing, and then all of the sudden it was like a scene from The Exorcist.

The next morning, I went to our local drug store and purchased two quarts of generic Pedialyte. The cost was $10.00. My older son followed suit 24 hours later (but in his car seat – yuck!). I thought it was over, but then they each got sick again more than 48 hours later. Round two was even worse. Back to the store for more Pedialyte. Cost $15.00.

Many moms will rely on Pedialyte to battle the stomach bug. After a little one throws up or has diarrhea, they can easily become dehydrated. Water can go right through them and/or make them throw up more (according to our pediatrician) and sugar in fruit juice can make diarrhea even worse. The electrolytes in Pedialyte (or sport drinks like Gatorade) can help rehydrate them more quickly.

After spending more than $25.00 on Pedialyte this week, I went to good ol’ Pinterest to look for some homemade Pedialyte recipes. Especially after realizing that many, many flavors of Pedialyte contain artificial food dyes (something we avoid with our kiddos, especially our toddler), I pinned a cleaner recipe. I saw that it was repined six times in just 15 minutes and I realized that other mamas were looking for the same thing.

Here is the link I found which includes three different recipes. I only tried the last once because the first two include Jello and Kool-Aid which have lots and lots of artificial colors and dyes in them. I can pretty much guarantee that you already have the ingredients in your house for the recipe I chose. It literally took me five minutes to put together and it made just over two quarts. And it can stay in the fridge for three days and it costs less than $1 to make!

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 1/2 TBS sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup orange juice (I used orange/banana juice, but I’m willing to bet you could use any juice you have on hand)

To make, simply combine all ingredients and stir to combine. I stored mine in leftover Pedialyte containers in our fridge. Both of my kiddos really seemed to like the flavor; even my husband had some and said it was “pretty good.”

I sincerely hope the stomach bug doesn’t hit your house this season, but if it does, this recipe can help you out and save you some money.

For more information, see the Mom’s Stomach Flu Survival Guide

Disclaimer: the label on Pedialyte (or a generic brand) states that you should consult your doctor first before giving it to infants under the age of one. I felt comfortable giving this to my 10 month old, since his vomit was not constant and he could keep liquids down. His pediatrician also gave us the green light.  Ask your doctor if you are not sure.

Homemade Pedialyte
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Prep Time
5 min

Prep Time
5 min

Ingredients
• 2 quarts water
• 1 tsp baking soda
• 2 1/2 TBS sugar
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1 cup orange juice (I used orange/banana juice, but I’m willing to bet you could use any juice you have on hand)

Instructions
To make, simply combine all ingredients and stir to combine.

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10 Responses to Homemade Pedialyte

  1. This came just in time! My toddler had diarrhea and vomited today. Thanks for the recipe! I will be pinning it.

  2. This is fantastic, thank you!! I just recently learned that most of the store-bought electrolyte drinks have artificial dyes and artificial sweeteners added. Yuck!

  3. Cassandra Eastman Reply

    Wow! I had no idea you could make your own. Pedialyte really is pricey, and there’s been times at night we’ve needed some but the stores were closed so i’ll definitely be pinning this for later! Thanks!

  4. I will definatly have to try this if my kiddo ever gets seriously sick. I’ve been fortunate to have never had any serious sickness with my daughter.

  5. Im going to try this for my son if he ever needs this.

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