Is your baby or child feeling under the weather? Rehydrate your little ones during a bout of sickness with natural, homemade pedialyte popsicles made with freshly juiced grape juice, coconut water and a pinch of sea salt. If you have ever looked at the label of store bought pedialyte solutions or electrolyte replacement drinks, you will notice they contain a lot of unnatural ingredients including refined sugars, artificial food coloring and flavorings and synthetic minerals and vitamins. Doesn’t sound too healthy to me! The next time your babies are sick, skip the fake stuff and make it from scratch instead.
When a child is sick with a gastrointestinal illness that involves the loss of fluid through vomiting and/or diarrhea, it is important to replace the lost electrolytes, glucose and fluids that are depleted. Coconut water combined with sea salt or pink himalayan salt is one of nature’s most complete electrolyte replacements drinks. Coconut water is naturally high in potassium and by adding a little bit of sea salt, it creates the ideal balance of potassium, chloride and sodium for rehydrating the body and replenishing lost minerals. Both coconut water and grapes have naturally occurring sugars which provide the body with energy and boosts low glucose levels.
Getting your children to drink enough when they are sick is only half the battle. The other half is keeping it inside. One way to help your child drink and retain fluids is to make them some homemade pedialyte popsicles that are both tasty and fun to eat.
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It can be especially difficult getting babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers to drink up when they are sick, so sometimes you have to get a little creative and make it fun for them. Kids love popsicles, so if your child is refusing to drink from a bottle or cup, offer them freezer pops to suck on frequently throughout the day instead. Use popsicle molds in fun shapes to make them even more appealing.
I used Zoku Fish Pop Molds to make these homemade pedialyte popsicles. Each popsicle holds just over one ounce of fluid, making these the perfect size for babies and small children. The set comes with six, fun under-the-sea creatures including a shark, clownfish, octopus, whale, puffer fish, and a scuba diver. Kids will have fun eating the popsicles to uncover the hidden “skeletons” of the sea creatures.
The Zoku Fish Pop Molds are made from silicone and are BPA and phthalate free, so you can be rest assured that you are not exposing your child to any harmful toxins or chemicals that are often found in other hard plastic molds. The popsicles are really easy to remove from the soft silicone molds. Just grab hold of the “tails” and pull up. The silicone molds invert and release the popsicles easily without having to twist or run them under water.
The molds are super easy to clean too. Turn them inside out to make cleaning the little crevices in warm, mild soapy water an easy task. They are not dishwasher safe.
Print And Save This Homemade Pedialyte Recipe To Keep On Hand For When You Really Need It
Print this recipe and put it on your fridge or tape it to the inside of your medicine cabinet so you can find it easily. And by keeping a couple cans of coconut water and sea salt stocked in your pantry, you will always have the ingredients on hand to make a batch of homemade pedialyte when you really need it, even if that means the middle of the night, instead of having to run out to the store. If you don’t have fresh grapes, you can juice any fruit that you have in your fridge or use 100% fruit juice instead. Orange juice is a good substitute because it has naturally occurring electrolytes and glucose too, though it can be a little irritating if your child has a sore throat.
While you are waiting for the popsicles to freeze, offer some of the pedialyte solution in a cup and encourage your child to take frequent sips from it.
- 3/4 cup organic coconut water
- 1/4 cup freshly juiced grape juice
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- Extract the juice from a handful of fresh grapes using a juicer or by mashing them through a strainer or cheesecloth. 3/4 cups of grapes will yield approximately 1/4 cup of juice. 100% grape juice can be substituted if you don't have fresh grapes.
- Combine grape juice, coconut water and sea salt together. Stir until the salt is dissolved.
- Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and insert the sticks.
- Place the popsicle mold in the freezer.
- Allow to freeze for 8 hours.
* The recipe can be doubled or tripled as needed to accommodate the size of popsicle molds you are using and the amount of sick kids you are nursing back to health. ** You can substitute the fresh grape juice with your child's favorite 100% fruit juice instead to make things a little easier and more convenient for you.