Pedialyte for infants is a staple in an household with a baby. 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. 

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 a 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 homemade pedialyte for infants!

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Homemade Pedialyte for Infants

One of the main purposes of pedialyte is to replace electrolytes lost from the body during sickness 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 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.

1Coconut water

3 Natural Substitutes For Pedialyte

Coconut water is the easiest, 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. For more on coconut water visit Bodynutrition.org.

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 make it even tastier!

2Simple & Sweet

3 Natural Substitutes For Pedialyte
  • 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.

3Orange-licious

3 Natural Substitutes For Pedialyte
  • 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 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.

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

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