This homemade pedialyte with fruit juice recipe is a wonderful way to boost your electrolytes, especially when you are ill. It’s great for both kids and adults to use and there are no food dyes or artificial flavors. It’s the perfect rehydration drink!
If my kids get sick, I can almost guarantee you that it will be after the stores in the closest town are closed. I started making my homemade Pedialyte recipe with my oldest was a toddler, and he’s 16 now. That was back when you had to buy a big expensive bottle of Pedialyte and throw away three-fourths of it. Now they sell packs of smaller bottles, but I still like making my own.
This homemade pedialyte recipe isn’t just for little ones. My youngest is 10, and I still give my kids this electrolyte drink when they are sick. I even drink it myself when I get sick to replace lost fluids and electrolytes.
Why I Make Homemade Pedialyte
Before we move on to the recipe, I just want to say that you should always consult your child’s pediatrician if you are concerned about your child’s health. Younger children can get very sick very quick, so always watch your children carefully and get medical help if necessary.
I started making my own Pedialyte out of necessity. My son got sick late at night, and there weren’t any stores open late at night. After that, I wanted to stock up on it so I would have it. When I got to the store, I was a little shocked at the price. I also didn’t want to throw it away if it expired before we needed it. My homemade Pedialyte recipe has worked and he likes it, so I keep making it as needed.
Depending on the flavor that you buy, Pedialyte can have artificial flavors, sucrolose, acesulfame potassium, and food dyes. My middle son can not have food dyes, so he can’t have any flavors of Pedialyte.
Most other homemade Pedialyte recipes use flavored gelatin for flavor, but, again, we can’t use food dyes. I did make that recipe before we found out that my son can’t have food dyes, but my kids like this homemade pedialyte recipe better.
Why Do We Need Electrolytes?
So what are electrolytes and why are they important when we are sick?
To simplify it, electrolytes are the ions in salts. Our cells, especially the cells in our muscles, heart, and nerves, use these salt ions to carry electrical impulses for muscle contractions and nerve impulses to the next cell.
When you or your kids have vomiting or diarrhea, you lose electrolytes. Drinking this homemade Pedialyte recipe can help replenish lost electrolytes.
Homemade Pedialyte Ingredients
This recipe uses two kitchen staples for salt ions: table salt and baking soda. I always have both of these ingredients on hand, so it’s easy to make this recipe when we need it.
Too much sugar can make diarrhea worse, so I don’t add extra sugar. The juice gives it a mild flavor that most kids will tolerate.
I usually use orange juice to make this electrolyte recipe because my kids prefer it. Apple juice can be used, but it tends to give my kids loose stools, so I don’t use it. We don’t always have orange juice in the fridge, so I will buy frozen concentrate to keep in the freezer until we need it.
It’s very important to measure the ingredients precisely. Too much salt or baking soda can be harmful, so do not add extra in this recipe.
Homemade Pedialyte with Fruit Juice Recipe
- 2 cups juice (I used orange juice)
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon table salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1. Simply mix all ingredients and stir well.
2. My kids would usually drink this without any problems. You can also make your own popsicles out of this homemade Pedialyte recipe if that would be easier for your child.
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