Last week, big A had a couple of days off work and we spent them downtown Pokemon hunting, and enjoying our first taste of bubble tea. It was such a wonderful few days off together, and something we all really needed. The night before big A was due to return to work, I noticed that little A felt a bit warm.

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Now, little A has never had a fever before, so this was new territory for all of us. Early in the night, we woke to vomit-everywhere. Honestly, it was quite a scene.

A little side story: I hate vomit. Like, the very smell of it makes my stomach twist in disgust. So, it was a real plot twist when I was given a ‘happy spitter’ who spent the better half of his first 6 months of life vomiting.

Anyway, at that point, we knew he was sick. Burning up, nauseous, and just plain miserable. I spent most of that night holding him under the cool shower water, as it seemed to be the best for his tummy and his fever. This continued through the weekend, and little A refused everything. All food, all drink. Everything, except nursing. I’ve never really been so thankful for breastfeeding until that point. It was such a relief knowing that he was still staying hydrated.

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As he began to get better, I offered basic, bland foods and water. It was suggested I offer Pedialyte as a way to replenish any lost electrolytes, but one look at the ingredients sent me running. I decided to do a little reading and create some of my own.

So, Pedialyte obviously isn’t available everywhere. People in third-world countries don’t have access to a Walmart down the street. The WHO and UNICEF have created guidelines necessary for an Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) when someone is vomiting or has diarrhea. This is a simple, basic, three-ingredient drink with no extra fillers or preservatives. It’s easy and can be made in less than 5 minutes.

5 cups filtered water
2 tbsp sugar (I used coconut sugar)
1/2 tsp salt

Mix everything together, and encourage your child to drink as much as possible. If you’ve ever had the Smart Water brand, the taste kind of resembles that to me. It just tastes like water, really. 
 
It’s definitely scary when our kiddos are sick, and I’m so glad that little A is back to his happy, healthy self. 
 
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Until next time, 
 
Savannah
  • I love that this is natural and SO simple to make! (& I actually have these ingredients!!)

  • I love that this is all natural! Poor little guy. I hope he felt better. It's never fun being sick.

  • Anything natural is a plus for me! I will definitely be trying this out with my mini!

  • Poor thing! I'm glad this helped. I will be keeping this on hand just in case. Thanks for sharing!

  • Really just that simple. Sharing with my daughter and will keep for myself.

  • We were actually given a similar recipe (involving unsweetened apple or orange juice) by the pediatrician years ago. It works wonders!

  • im assuming this is our equivalent to diarolyte. Poor thing its awful when they are sick. Arthur, his daddy and I all came down with a sickness bug at the same time once. I was throwing up in a bowl in the bed whilst arthur was doing the same next to me and my husband was in the bathroom – it was absolute carnage.Arthur breastfed his way through it and recovered faster than we did! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

  • A friend of mine used this recipe. I hope he is feeling much better! #KCACOLS

  • This is fantastic to know – thanks for sharing. Thanks for linking up to #KCACOLS hope you come back again next Sunday! x

  • Thank you so much for sharing this. I wasn't aware of a diy rehydration drink. This is so good to know #KCACOLS

  • Isn't it crazy how easy it really is?! Thanks so much for reading!

  • Yes! You will love it so much-thanks for your lovely comment <3

  • Definitely agree!! Everyone is feeling loads better now that we've been able to catch up on some much needed sleep, thanks! <3

  • So interesting! I would have never thought to make my own!

  • What a great idea- I never would have thought to make my own pedialyte! I will definitely be trying this the next time one of us gets sick!

  • Oh wow! I didn't realize it was this easy to make, and so much better than a list of toxic ingredients! Hope everyone in your home is feeling much better now. It's just the worst when our little babes feel sick. XO

  • Oh, he drank it no problem!! I actually think I'm going to start making this as a rehydration solution for us all on particularly hot days we go hiking! With the ingredients, you'd think it would taste salty or sweet, but nope! It tastes just like water, pretty much <3 Thanks for your comment!!

  • Yes, I was surprised at how easy it was!!! It really puts my mind at ease to not have all those other added ingredients that could have upset his tummy even more(: Thanks for your lovely comment.

  • This is a great idea, to just make an electrolyte solution yourself! I must ask though, did your little one take it in OK or did he balk at the taste of it? Will need to try this next time our little one gets sick, he seems to always be down and out with something!
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    Tori @ The Mama Nurse

  • Oh poor A, sounds like it was miserable for all of you. Thank you for sharing that recipe, I have to be honest I'm not sure I would've thought to try and make a rehydration drink myself at home, so this was really useful to read. x #KCACOLS

  • Oooo, I never thought about adding it to juice-what a neat idea!! I can totally see how this would be helpful after sports or exercise-like a healthy version of gatorade! Thanks for reading and the comment <3

  • Thank you for sharing. I used to do this as a rehydration drink after running half-marathons. You can add a splash of orange juice to it too so it is like a home-made lucozade. Thank you for sharing. #KCACOLS