WHO (World Health Organization) Oral Re-hydration Solution (Homemade Pedialyte)
Table Salt (NaCl) 1/2 tsp.* Salt Substitute (KCl) 1/2 tsp.*
Baking Soda 1/2 tsp.
Table Sugar 2 tablespoons
Tap Water 1 Liter (= 1 Qt. + 2 tablespoons)
Chill. Can be served with fresh lemon squeezed into it. One can also mix it with “sugar-free Kool-Aid” don’t use Regular Kool-Aid as it adds extra sugar which can worsen diarrhea. This tastes quite salty to someone who isn’t dehydrated.
NOTE: *Morton’s Salt makes some that is half NaCl (table salt) and half Potassium salt (KCl) and is called “Lite Salt” if that is what your grocery store has, simply use 1 teaspoon of the Lite Salt in place of the table salt and potassium salt.
Have small children start with 1 tsp. every 5 to 10 minutes, which is usually quite well tolerated. The amount can be increased every 30 to 60 minutes (2 tsp, 3 tsp, 2 T., etc. every 5 to 10 minutes).
See a physician if any of the following occur: 1. No urine output in 8 hours, 2. No tears with crying, 3. Excessive thirst, 4. Dry mucus membranes in the mouth, 5. Persistent vomiting and/or diarrhea, 6. Abdominal pain, especially abdominal pain that settles in the right lower abdomen.