Thursday, February 4, 2010
Ugggggghhhhh....; or, How to Make Homemade Pedialyte
Anyway, I'm starting to feel better. I think I got it all out of my system. Still, it's left me feeling a little depleted and my stomach isn't totally settled. I'm eating yogurt right now - got to get those probiotics to work. But if I've learned anything from all my reading and from motherhood, it is that avoiding dehydration is the most important thing when you're having....issues.
In the past, I've always just gotten a Gatorade for myself or my husband when one of us gets a bout of this stuff. For my son, I run out and buy some Pedialyte. Pedialyte is expensive, though. A bottle of the stuff can run anywhere from three to six bucks. What's even in Pedialyte? I've tasted it. It's like watered down, salty Kool-Aid. How can it cost so much? Part of me wonders if the high price isn't a form of extortion: a desperate parent of a child that's vomiting or dealing with bout of diarrhea will just hurry and buy the stuff, no matter the cost. Even the generic, store brand Pedialyte replicas are around two to four dollars. Not cool. But, the stuff is good for a reason - it rehydrates and replenishes little bodies better than plain water. So what's a frugal mama to do?
Not too long ago, I came across a recipe (from a pediatrician, no less) on how to make your own Pedialyte. I guarantee you have all the essential ingredients at home. To make your own Pedialyte, just mix 4 cups of water, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 2 tablespoons of sugar. You can also add 1/2 tsp. of Jell-O powder to give it a little flavor. I don't think it makes much of a difference, but it might make it a bit more appealing to a kid (colored water is always more interesting, right?). That's it - your own Pedialyte for pennies.
So I whipped up a batch of this stuff for myself this morning (like I'd want to go to the store and buy some Gatorade anyway). And you should know, all the while I thought groggily, "I should share this on the Parsimonious blog". I even took a picture of the concoction (with the "just-in-case" bowl behind it). Do you feel the love? It is February, after all.