Over this past week three out of our four babies have been sick. It's been a nasty little virus. Our kids normally don't get sick very often and when they do they are fortunate enough to not be sick for very long. This however was particularly mean.
My poor baby. She's still bright eyed and beautiful even when she's sick though.
Their pediatrician gave us a paper with a great recipe for homemade pedialyte though. According to her it is "the perfect combination of salt, water, and sugar to make your stomach turn over". That sounds like vomit but that is not what she was meaning. She meant that it helped readjust the lining of your stomach so you wouldn't lose liquids and become dehydrated.
So I bet you want the recipe, don't you? I thought so.
sugar - 8 teaspoons
salt - 1/2 teaspoon
filtered water - 5 cups
and it says you can use kool-aid to flavor it.
Also on the list was foods to avoid and foods they should eat.
Juice, Soda, Gatoraid (These used to be good when sick but they aren't now that they are sweetened with corn syrup. Corn syrup is what they used to give babies to make them poop. It won't help with diarrhea.)
Fried anything, Red anything, Fast food, Most fruits and vegetables, Any other drinks with corn syrup.
Start with Bananas, Cooked Carrots or Sweet Potatoes.
Then move onto Rice, Noodles (with no sauce), Plain bread or toast, Saltine or oyster crackers, Mashed potatoes.
When tummy is better able to handle food you can move onto Lean chicken meat, Scrambled eggs, Yogurt (as plain as possible WITH live cultures but no "junk food yogurts like go-gurt").
It's also important to note that you do not introduce a new food at this time. So if your child has never eaten something like sweet potatoes for example then that would not be a good option.
This worked for us but of course I am not a medical professional so don't take my word for it. When in doubt call your own doctor. These are just the guidelines that our great pediatrician gave us.
Of course I've got to share a well picture too. ;-)