Pedialyte Alternative – 3 Natural Choices

Pedialyte for infants seems to be a staple in any household with a baby or young child, but should it be? We at Daily Mom did some research on why you should consider a Pedialyte alternative and what kind to use.

Whether it’s your baby’s first bout of the stomach flu, or your toddler’s fourth time catching it this year, all moms can agree that it’s a horrible feeling to see your child sick and uncomfortable. A quick phone call to the pediatrician and a Google search will point us all in the same direction for rehydration: Pedialyte for infants.  It’s practically synonymous with childhood.  But have you ever looked at the ingredients? 

Artificial sweeteners such as sucralose (Splenda) and Acesulfame Potassium (chemically similar to saccharin), as well as artificial flavorings & colorings.  You spend all of that money on organic foods for your kiddos, so it does not make much sense to fill them with all of the things you normally avoid when your little ones are at their weakest. A Pedialyte alternative is a simple solution to this issue.

Pedialyte Alternative – 3 Natural Choices

On top of all that, Pedialyte is pretty expensive! It becomes even more costly to purchase Pedialyte especially when you have more than one kid sick which as many parents know, when one kid gets sick, it is only a matter of time before the other one catches it.

So what’s an all-natural mama to do? Lucky for you, we at Daily Mom are here to help with 3 natural ways to help rehydrate your sick children with a Pediatlyte alternative. These alternatives also work for grown-ups, so no need to keep drinking Gatorade when sick.

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Why Do We Need Electrolytes?

So, what are these electrolytes that we need to replenish? Electrolytes are chemicals that produce ions in body fluids. These ions ensure that certain body functions run at optimal levels.

When we sweat from a fever, we are losing electrolytes. We also lose electrolytes from both ends during the stomach flu. In order to get our bodies functioning properly again, we need our electrolyte levels back at optimal levels. Pedialyte for kids and Gatorade for adults are two popular methods for replacing the electrolytes lost during sickness. However, they are not the only methods. It may be time to try a Pedialyte alternative.

Pedialyte Alternative – 3 Natural Choices

Alternative Rehydration Methods

As previously mentioned, one of the main purposes of Pedialyte is to replace electrolytes lost from the body during sicknesses such as prolonged diarrhea and vomiting. Many people that practice holistic approaches to medication stay far away from electrolyte replenishing drinks such as Pedialyte and Gatorade. Although electrolytes are important to the body, it has been found that there are several alternative methods to regaining electrolytes.

These 3 homemade Pedialyte alternative recipes for infants are not only simple to make but taste delicious too. Each recipe uses natural ingredients, many of which you most likely already have at home in your pantry.

Pedialyte Alternative #1: Coconut water

Pedialyte Alternative – 3 Natural Choices

Coconut water is the easiest Pedialyte alternative and a natural way to help your dehydrated child.  Full of fluid-balancing potassium and sodium, it’s nature’s solution for sick tummies.  Coconut water is low in sugar and high in electrolytes, which is the perfect recipe for your sick child.

Not only does coconut water help when your child is sick, but it has antioxidant properties to keep your children in good health.

One cup of coconut water contains 46 calories and the following:

  • Carbs: 9 grams
  • Fiber: 3 grams
  • Protein: 2 grams
  • Vitamin C: 10% of the RDI
  • Magnesium: 15% of the RDI
  • Manganese: 17% of the RDI
  • Potassium: 17% of the RDI
  • Sodium: 11% of the RDI
  • Calcium: 6% of the RDI

It has the power to rehydrate better than sports drinks or water, and with a slightly sweet, mild taste that even the sickest child may enjoy.  Many companies are now adding various natural fruit flavorings to coconut water, which makes it even tastier! This Pedialyte alternative comes pre-bottled, so it is just as easy as grabbing Pedialyte off the shelf.

Pedialyte Alternative – 3 Natural Choices
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Pedialyte Alternative #2: DIY Simple & Sweet

Pedialyte Alternative – 3 Natural Choices

In case your kids do not like the taste of coconut water or perhaps you just need to stay busy in the kitchen because you are going a little stir crazy with the sickness in your house. Here is a simple and sweet Pedialyte alternative recipe for replacing electrolytes.

  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (helps neutralize stomach acid and soothe upset tummies)
  • 3 tablespoons agave syrup/sugar/honey (use honey only if your child is over age 1)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • optional: natural drink mix, to taste (check Whole Foods or natural section of your supermarket)

Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!  Lasts in refrigerator up to 3 days.

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Pedialyte Alternative #3: DIY Orange-licious

Pedialyte Alternative – 3 Natural Choices

Sometimes you get sick of drinking the same thing over and over, especially if that is the only thing you are able to stomach during your sickness. Change up the Pedialyte alternative electrolyte replenishment formula with this citrus recipe.

  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (helps neutralize stomach acid and soothe upset tummies)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons agave syrup/sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup orange juice

Mix all ingredients together and enjoy! Lasts in refrigerator up to 3 days.

While we hope your children stay cold and stomach-flu-free this winter season, these natural and easy Pedialyte alternative remedies are sure to be helpful in the case your little ones catch a bug! Not only will they save you time and money from not having to run to the grocery store and purchase an expensive product every time you run out, but you will be able to know exactly what ingredients you are giving your child.

Pedialyte Alternative – 3 Natural Choices


For more natural health options for your sick infant, check out these Natural Remedies for 5 Common Baby Ailments.

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