Any mom out there knows, when your kid is sick, it is a stressful time. As moms (and some dads ;)) we are solely in charge of our child’s welfare! A couple of weeks ago my oldest got a stomach bug. My girls are really pretty healthy-They tend to get fevers for about 12 hours and then they are fine-Fevers are a sign of a healthy immune system and when a little body can heat up a bug and kick it out-you are lucky. This time it was different. She had a throw up/diarrhea issue for a full 5 days. After 3 days of it, I was getting worried. I knew she was getting dehydrated and I knew Pedialyte wasn’t my style. Turns out-there is an easy alternative!
Signs of Dehydration:
- dry mouth
- few or no tears when crying
- the look of sunken eyes
- soft spot on top of baby’s head looks sunken
- dry diapers for 6 to 8 hours in an baby (or only a small amount of dark yellow urine)
- Very little pee for 12 hours from an older child
- dry, cool skin
- fatigue or irritability
- dizziness in an older child
Ok, not to scare you but the repercussions of severe and prolonged dehydration are seizures, brain swelling, coma and kidney failure. Of course these are extreme consequences but being dehydrated is simply something we should work at avoiding.
First off, let me tell you what Pedialyte does. Pedialyte contains salt to help the body hold on to the liquid, hence easing dehydration. It contains sugar to help relieve low blood sugar which is most likely also an issue in someone that is not eating or drinking and becoming dehydrated.
Now, let me tell you why Pedialyte sucks. The ingredients of Pedialyte include dextrose, sodium chloride, citric acid, potassium citrate, zinc gluconate, sucralose, and yellow dye. That doesn’t sound like something I would like to feed my sick child or healthy child for that matter!
There are actually a couple of alternatives for Pedialyte. The first one is simple and comes in handy when you can’t get to the store. This recipe came from THIS blog. This mom talks about how she consulted her pediatrician and got the thumbs up for the effectiveness of this DIY.
- 1 quart filtered water
- 2 tablespoons sugar (I prefer raw sugar, raw honey or coconut sugar)
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (I use THIS salt)
So simple and easy. I find that warming up the water first helps the sugar and salt dissolve, then I serve it with ice. If your child won’t drink it, you could always add a bit of fruit juice for extra flavor. Read HERE about pink Himalayan Sea Salt. This recipe will help your body retain liquid as well as raise the blood sugar and restore mineral loss.
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1/4 tsp. pink Himalayan Salt
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
I like this one because coconut water contains it’s own healthy dose of minerals & nutrition. When you add the juice of a lemon, you are also getting a boost of Vitamin C. You could also add the juice of an orange or lime. I do find that coconut water is harder to get down if you’re battling an upset stomach.
Hopefully this will come in handy next time you or your loved ones get sick. You don’t mess with dehydration!