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.  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!

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!

Coconut water

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!

Simple & Sweet

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.


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 stomach-flu-free this winter season, these remedies are sure to be helpful in the case your little ones catch a bug!

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