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Homemade Pedialyte

My latest hangout spot is in the infants aisle of Target but I have no babies with me. Stocking up on Pedialyte, bananas and apple sauce have been a full-time job since getting the worst incident of food poisoning of my life in Mexico last week. It was a life changing trip inside (literally) and out.

Luckily I was able to eat freely throughout most of my trip as I got hit with contamination two nights before heading home to California.

But as of eight days ago it's been all about jugo, bananas, yogurt, applesauce and Pedialyte. There was a glimmer of light on Sunday when I felt a little better and had a bunch of seafood nabe (hotpot). Sadly it may have caused my already sensitive stomach to succumb to Montezuma's Revenge, Part 2.

As an accomplished BRAT (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast) dieter at this point, I realize that replacing electrolytes is essential when you are loose. So, Pedialyte rather than Gatorade (which is two times higher in sugar), is a must-have item. But as the queen of deals, I was not amused by the cost of one liter of Pedialyte -- typically costing $5-6. No me gusta.

Storebought solution $5

So I decided to make my own. There are many recipes for Pedialyte online posted by parents disgruntled with the high cost of a solution that is made with things that are probably already around in a typical kitchen.

Homemade Pedialyte

2 quarts water
1 tsp baking soda
5 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
A pinch of potassium chloride like NoSalt

Pedialyte ingredients


1. Find a pitcher that fits two quarts.

2. Add two quarts of water into pitcher.

3. Dissolve other ingredients. You may have to wait an hour for the sugar to completely dissolve.

With this recipe, not only can I choose my own artificial flavor, I can taste the authentic grossness of Pedialyte... proving that you don't need all those extra mystery ingredients to achieve the trademark taste.

Homemade Pedialyte

Misión accomplishimente!


  • This recipe is missing the potassium that Pedialyte has- I would consider using a little low sodium salt (specifically potassium chloride like nosalt) instead of regular salt. The baking soda already supplies a good deal of sodium already. Also, Pedialyte, diy or otherwise is f’ing magic for hangovers.

    Dave on

  • i use walmarts orange early rise 2qt drink mix. i also use morton lite salt, it uses half salt and half potassium iodide. for the sugar, i use orange diabetic glucose tabs. just break them up. it works really well.

    Harry H on

  • Thanks Dave! I will revise the recipe accordingly.

    yoko on

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