We all know that when you have a sick child the first thing a doctor tells you is: “Lot’s of rest and lots of Pedialyte, gotta keep the little one hydrated!” And this is true, but lately I have been looking at the ingredients in EVERYTHING because, I mean, what the hell are we giving to our little ones? I mean, it says it’s natural, it says it’s the cure, but what is in it EXACTLY? Last night I even found that my “Organic Almond Oil” that I slather all over myself after my shower and also massage my husband with after a long day, is chalk full of Parabens, as well as Palm Oil ( Click the links to see why I HATE THESE PRODUCTS. That’s a whole different subject though. Let me get back to Pedialyte. So I look at the ingredients and this is what I see:

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Long story short, I promise you that Yellow 6 is not going to make your baby hydrated OR will it make them better in any way. Quite the opposite actually. Same goes for almost all the other ingredients you see listed here. The only thing you want from this product is a healthy way to get your baby feeling hydrated and well again, not some random disease that they develop in their 60’s because of the amount of chemicals swimming though their DNA. SO, after a little online research I found a smashing HOMEMADE Pedialyte recipe that you can give to your baby guilt free. With zero additives, preservatives, and any Dye #6’s.  Here it is:

Mix together:

  • 1 quart water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Your little one will get exactly what they need from this, and without chemicals that cause future “who knows what”. If your baby doesn’t like the plain taste, try adding a little orange juice to liven things up. Also recommended is adding a little warm water to the solution to allow the sugar to dissolve easier. Jack LOVES Coconut Water, which also contains electrolytes, but you need to add this solution to the Coconut Water if you go this direction because they need the sodium as well. If you try any 3 of these recipes, your baby will thank you for the natural cure, the earth will thank you for not purchasing a cure that is contained in packaging that lasts 3 million years, and your remedy will be made with love and affection straight from mommy to baby.


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