Re: Louis or GC, question for you

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Posted by Louis on May 13, 2006 at 12:13:35:

In Reply to: Louis or GC, question for you posted by Caleyna on May 12, 2006 at 21:41:19:

Funnily enough, our broadband hasn't worked for ages and just came back on this morning in time for me to answer this. I had to look up what pedialyte was exactly, although I obviously had an idea what the type of thing it was. Our equivalent over here is called Dioralyte. Doing a quick search on google gives as many different recipes for home made oral rehydration solutions as you could ever want. To tell the truth, in the case of a healthy baby like Erik I can't see it being too much of a problem which you use since it will almost certainly clear up on its own in a day or two and the rehydration just helps the process along. The formula you have there though, to me, would appear to have a bit too much salt, not enough sugar and maybe could do with being more dilute as well. I don't know about the kool aid, but suspect the idea is to get the other electrolytes, like potassium and stuff. I have had a quick look at this website which seems quite comprehensive and gives general advice as well. The formula on that one is probably a bit more balanced and everything. I would tend to always use water you have boiled first and then allowed to cool to make up these solutions, but it is especially important for younger infants. The other good place to read about this is the UNICEF website. The supporting information on diarrhoea is good, and their recommendation for a formula is 4 level teaspoons of sugar and half a spoonful of salt in a litre water. That's half the amount the first website says, but I think I'd tend to go with UNICEF.

Hope this helps and doesn't just confuse matters more.


: Do you think this recipe:

: Mix 1 quart of water, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt. Add a bit of UNSWEETENED kool-aid, and you have homemade Pedialyte--but without the expense.

: is a good substitute for pedialyte? I don't want to buy more pedialyte for $4/liter if that works just as well. What a scam!

: (I don't actually need it right now. Erik was sick yesterday but is pretty ok today other than whining a lot.)

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