REHYDRATION DRINKS

If commercial rehydration drinks are unavailable the following drinks may be used:

FOR FLUID REPLACEMENT DURING AND AFTER DIARRHEA AND/OR VOMITING
Infants breast milk
Infants and children under 12 years rice cereal formula
Children over 12 and adults homemade oral rehydration therapy (ORT) or oral rehydration solution (ORS)

Rice Cereal Formula
1 quart water
1 cup baby rice cereal
1/2 level teaspoon salt

Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) (substitute for Pedialyte, Lytren or Resol)
1 quart water
1 scant teaspoon lite salt
10 teaspoons sugar (3-1/3 tablespoons)
1/3 teaspoon baking soda
Small amount of flavored sugar free gelatin for flavor (optional)

Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS)
1 quart water
1 level teaspoon salt
8 level teaspoons sugar (or molasses or raw sugar)
Small amount of flavored sugar free gelatin for flavor (optional)
 

FOR FLUID REPLACEMENT DURING AND AFTER HEAVY SWEATING homemade sports drink

Homemade Sports Drink
1 envelope unsweetened powdered drink mix
5/8 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon lite salt (or 1/2 teaspoon salt + 1/2 teaspoon lite salt for less potassium)
2 quarts water
 

REFERENCES:
American Family Physician journal; Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine http://www.oism.org; Rehydration Project http://rehydrate.org; Cycling Performance Tips http://www.cptips.com/index.htm; Kaiser Permanente
http://www.permanente.net