Homemade Pedialyte

Those preppers out there with young children need to be aware of the dangers of dehydration. Stomach upset can quickly lead to serious issues. Water alone will not replenish all that is lost during illness.

Here are a few different recipes for making a rehydration solution at home.

The first one comes from Food.com.

4 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon Jello gelatin, powder

This one comes from Rehydrate.org.

Give the child a drink made with 6 level teaspoons of sugar and 1/2 level teaspoon of salt dissolved in 1 liter of clean water.

Be very careful to mix the correct amounts. Too much sugar can make the diarrhea worse. Too much salt can be extremely harmful to the child.

Making the mixture a little too diluted (with more than 1 liter of clean water) is not harmful.

The third one comes from SurvivalWeekly.com‘s resident medical expert, Jane-Alexandra Krehbiel BS ES RN.

Take 4 cups of boiled filtered water.

Add ONE TEASPOON of normal household SALT (Sodium Chloride).

Add EIGHT TEASPOONS of normal household SUGAR.

Add ONE PINCH of Morton Lite Salt (Potassium Chloride).

You may wish to keep a packet of Orange Kool Aid without sugar, to add a small amount to make the rehydration solution more palatable to you and to children.

Whichever recipe you use, the solution should be discarded after 24 hours and a new batch made if needed. It should go without saying all water used should be absolutely pure.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for SurvivalWeekly.com. He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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