While many drugs and treatments should only be prepared by a professional, many reliable substitutions can be made in the home providing a great way to save money but still give the patient the care they need. Electrolytic replacement liquids can be made at home with great results.
Illness and high fever can cause a child’s body to dehydrate much more quickly than an adult’s would, and dehydration is always a major concern. A doctor will often recommend an electrolytic rehydration liquid such as Pedialyte© or Gatorade©. These products are great, but a homemade electrolytic replacement will work just as well and save you a little money, too. Below is a basic recipe. Flavoring is optional, but is included because it can make the liquid more palatable. This recipe can also be used to rehydrate adults, or anyone who has experienced dehydration due to high fever, diarrhea or vomiting. Always check with your doctor before administering any treatment.
- 2 quarts water
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt substitute (made with potassiumchloride)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Flavoring – OPTIONAL – 1 package Kool-Aid or other flavoring OR 2 teaspoons vanilla (or other) extract
Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate. Use the mix within 4 days.