Parents with children living in the house, know the importance to always have some type of re-hydration drink on hand for when dreaded bugs hit the house. Well, let’s be honest, these bugs spare NO ONE and everyone should have something to rely on when they are struck by the stomach bug or a gastrointestinal virus.
The stomach bug hit our house this past weekend. Because this is a site where I like to promote delicious recipes that wet your appetite, I will spare you the details so you will not permanently lose your appetites 🙂
I am not a huge fan of the re-hydration drinks on the market. Other than plain Pedialyte, they almost all contain food dyes, artificial sweeteners or corn syrup. And yes, if that is all your sick child will drink, by all means bring them on and let them drink–dehydration can be life threatening in a very short period of time.
However, if you would like to try something more natural or are unable to run out to the store to pick up something, I have a simple recipe that will keep you from becoming dehydrated.
My sister is a pediatric nurse and recently has been in classes to further her degree. One of the classes she had to take was World Health Issues. In that class, they discussed ways to educate those in remote locations how to keep themselves hydrated when they got ill. Guess what? These countries don’t have access to artificial coloring or sweeteners, but there are still ways for them to prepare hydration drinks.
My sister shared this simple recipe she learned with me, not only because she knows I truly try to avoid as many processed foods as possible, but also because my children and I have a condition that can cause us to easily become dehydrated even without a bug. So in our house, re-hydration drinks are crucial. (I will share about our condition another time as it has greatly impacted our diets and nutritional needs.)
So here is the basic formula for Homemade “Gatorade” (MEASURE CAREFULLY–this is like a scientific formula):
That is all there is to it. My tips are to add fresh lemon juice or orange juice to the mixture to make it more enjoyable for all. For the last batch I made, I used lemon flavored water with the sugar and salt.
****I am NOT a doctor. Please seek advice from your doctor when your child is sick. Ask your doctor about this formula to be sure they feel comfortable with it as well for you or your child. My doctor thinks it is great for my family but every situation is different.
A bonus tip: When you hear of the stomach bug lurking around, dr
ink grape juice. For whatever reason–most likely the natural antioxidants it contains, it has been known to help prevent the spread of the bug in many families. I have done this in the past and it worked. How I wish I would have been doing it this past week!!!!