Recipe: Homemade Pedialyte

I hate buying Pedialyte, it’s just so expensive, and then I feel like it gets wasted because it’s never completely gone and I have to throw it away. This is why I researched and discovered homemade pedialyte. I wanted to make my own for my baby, as she was sick this week, and milk was not helping out in any way. I looked up a few different recipes on the internet, and made my own. I am glad to be making this at home now, and my kids actually drink it, as the regular pedialyte in store seems to not taste that great.

ย Ingredients:
3 1/2 cups of cold water
1/2 cup of boiling water
2 teaspoons of powdered jello, I used strawberry
3 tablespoons of sugar
1/4 teaspoon of salt

Pour the jello, sugar, and salt into a pitcher.
Add in the boiling water and stir until the powdered ingredients are completely dissolved.
Add the rest of the water, stir, and refrigerate.

I like that this mixture is so simple, you know what’s in it, and it tastes a little bit better than the Pedialyte in the stores. It’s very easy to make and with ingredients almost any parent would have on hand.


  1. Nicole Becker says:

    Thank you so much for this!!! It is so expensive!!

  2. I havent had to buy any of this yet but I may one day so I appreciate you posting this!

  3. WillowMoon says:

    Great old school recipe! My family has always made a homemade solution like this. I will never use Pedialyte because of the chemical sweeteners it contains.

  4. Danielle Whitfield says:

    I love this recipe, and I can’t afford the regular half the time, and so this will be easy enough,and something easy to keep around. Thanks

  5. This is awesome. I never knew you could make your own Pedialyte. Im definently going to keep this recipe for when I need it,because Pedialyte can be so expensive to buy. Thanks for the recipe

  6. I’m so excited to see this post! My entire family just got over a nasty flu bug. My girls (4 and 2) got the worst of it. They could only drink a tablespoon of pedialyte every 15 minutes or so. We spent SO much money on bottles of the stuff. I will be trying this out for sure!

  7. Thanks for this recipe it will come in handy for my nephews on the next round of sickness

  8. Thank you so much for this post. My son hates regular pedialyte, but he needs to drink something when he is sick. I am thinking maybe he will like this since it doesn’t have all the “extra” processed stuff. We will have to try this next time he is sick (hopefully not any time in the near future.) Thanks again!

  9. Oh, wow- I had no idea you could make this at home! Thank you so much for sharing! Every little bit of savings helps in our family. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. This is getting printed and put away for a rainy day ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for the share!!

  11. Ashley Parks says:

    Wow! I bet this does taste better than the Pedialyte in stores! I usually cannot get my little one to drink it, but I’m certain she would drink this! Thank you for the recipe!

  12. Lori Hoffman says:

    I’m definitely going to hold onto this recipe! I actually needed some pedialyte a couple of days ago for a sick dog and this would have come in handy. Thanks for the recipe!!

  13. Michelle says:

    Wow, that’s great! Pedialyte seems so expensive and wasteful to buy when it’s mostly water anyway, I never thought about making my own!!! I’ve also heard Coconut water is a good alternative but also costly to buy.

  14. Piper Leigh says:

    Wow, I didn’t know you could make this at home! Thanks for the info!

  15. Vicki Hale says:

    my grandson will not drink pedialyte, maybe the next time he is sick I will try this, it sounds like it would taste pretty good. thanks

  16. Mikki Cross says:

    What a great idea. I have to start looking for other recipes I can make at home for babies and older kids too. Everything is so expensive these days and the coupons aren’t all that available when I need something and baby items like Pedialyte are rarely, if ever, on sale. Thanks. I will definitely make this.

  17. Nena Sinclair says:

    Thanks, this is a great money saver! I passed it onto my daughter and to my niece for their babies! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Maria Iemma says:

    Great recipe and quite a savings over store bought. Thank you!

  19. Aimee P. says:

    Thanks for this. Very inexpensive alternative.

  20. Stephanie says:

    Awesome recipe! How long will this last in the fridge? I know with the regular pedialyte brand, they tell you to use it within 48 hours. Will this last longer?
    Thank you for posting!

  21. Wow, what an awesome idea! I have not had to buy any yet, and hopefully with this, I won’t have to. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Amanda C. says:

    I’ll have to remember this recipe! Thanks for posting it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Danielle says:

    My daughter has never been sick enough that I had to give her pedialyte but if the day comes, I am glad to know I can make it myself!

  24. My son loves this ! we have had a battle to get him to drink water lol he gets confused since it has no flavor but i made this for him he loves it i use stevia instead of sugar so the sugar content is lower thank you for the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. This is great how to make your own Pedialyte as it is so expensive to buy for my grandson. This is good for them when they are sick. You can make popsicles for them too.
    thanks SO much for this recipe

  26. Georgia Beckman says:

    WOW! What a money saver! I would never have thought to look up a recipe for this. KUDOS TO YOU! You’ve just saved a lot of people a lot of money! We have 15 grandchildren, 3 of whom are still young enough to use Pedialyte. I pinned this recipe & we will be using it the next time it’s needed. THANK YOU!

  27. Rebecca Peters says:

    This is so awesome! Save me lots of money in the long run! Thanks so much for this. I also pinned it on pinterest! ๐Ÿ˜€ I also like the fact that it will taste better! ๐Ÿ˜€

  28. Jessica Greenleaf says:

    I am so happy I found a way to make pedialyte without wasting money. I always have wasted over half if not more of the bottles and was always frustrated having to throw it away.

  29. Well, this sounds incredibly useful! I wouldn’t have thought to make this on my own but it’s obviously a big moneysaver!

  30. md kennedy says:

    Great recipe and very cot effective. I would even use it as an adult rehydrator after an intense workout on a hot day!

  31. Becky Schollian says:

    This is fantastic!! With two children under 5 we could surly use this wonderful recipe. It is so expensive in the stores. Thanks for sharing.

  32. Very helpful! It’ll be easy to keep these ingredients on hand and avoid running out to the store. I’m also super happy to know I won’t be spending a lot on pedialyte when only some will get used.

  33. I never thought to make my own, what a great idea!

  34. Becky Schollian says:

    Thanks again Darci. Our baby Novalee & Niko came down with the flu a few days ago. I remembered you had posted this. We made up a batch for the little ones. It has been a big help!!

  35. MaryAnn says:

    This is a great idea. I had never thought of making it myself before.

  36. Brittany F. says:

    I am all for homemade anything. Most products seem to contain too many artificial ingredients. I will be bookmarking this one. Thanks!

  37. Kristine Laird says:

    This is so useful! When my daughter got a stomach bug they told me to buy some and it was expensive! It makes so much sense to make your own!

  38. Sherry Compton says:

    Pedialyte is one of those things that you don’t need very often but when you do you need it now. It’s great to have a recipe so you can make it whenever you need to and adjust the mount.

  39. tia albright says:

    wow!! never knew it was so easy to make..

  40. Never thought of this before. When my daughter was little we just used plain ole jello water, basically watered down jello. Who would have thought to add more sugar and salt. No wonder pedialyte taste like crap. lol

  41. I never thought to make my own pedialyte! That stuff is way too expensive.

  42. Kristina L. says:

    Where was this post when I spent $$$ on Pedilyte on my boys when they were younger! This is Awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Mary Schuh says:

    Wow! I am pinning this! My son can’t have Pedialyte yet (and he hasn’t needed it), but I will definitely keep this in mind for later.

  44. Lyndsey W. says:

    This a great thing to know about. I wouldn’t have thought to search for my own recipe for this. I am definitely going to try it out.

  45. Michelle F. says:

    great recipe to have on hand.

  46. I have a homemade pedialyte recipe handy, but never thought to make it taste good with jello. A definite must for sick kiddos!

  47. Gina Hiskes says:

    This is a great idea! So you don’t have to finish this within 7 days like the Pedialyte that you buy in stores? I don’t buy it for that reason, my kids don’t really like the taste so I hate to waste it, but it does help hydrate them.

  48. Kassi Peerman says:

    What a money-saver! Thank you for this post. It will definitely come in handy!

  49. Vanessa Coker says:

    I didn’t know the ingredients could be so simple and easy to make at home. Fantastic idea for when the little ones need it! Thanks for sharing!

  50. wow this is interesting. so easy yet so expensive in stores

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  51. Bailey Vazquez says:

    Thank you! I hate getting so many of the storebought things for my little girl; there are just too many additives. Not to mention the price tag! Pinning this, so that I’ll have it handy this fall and winter if/when sickness strikes.

  52. This is a good recipe . Pedialyte is so expense to buy and this is what doctors suggest the kids drink so they dont dehydrate. thanks so much for the recipe .very useful for moms

  53. this is great! i also hate buying pedialyte and then watching it go to waste after my little one gets better, so this is definitely a useful recipe! thanks!!

  54. Thank you for this. Not only is Pedialyte so expensive, but you end up needing it at crazy times (like 2 am). I am definitely trying this the next time one of the kids comes down with a dreaded stomach bug.

  55. Wow, I never even thought that you can make your own – how empowering – and money saving! and fun!

  56. Jennifer Aldridge says:

    Wow, I had no clue you could even do this. What a great idea!

  57. Stacey Roberson says:

    I wish I had this recipe when I lived abroad. The county we were living in had nothing like Pedialyte. Great substitute and inexpensive, too! Thanks!

  58. Thanks so much! I will never buy pedialyte again!

  59. Abigail Thomson says:

    Wow! So glad I stumbled upon this what a fantastic and cheaper alternative! Seems to make way more as well! Thank you for posting this up, I have to share this.

  60. My little grandson just got over a stomach bug and pedialyte is sooooo expensive!!! And you are right – you always seem to open the bottle and use for two feeds and it is no longer needed…then you watch money going down the drain. Even the generic or store brand is priced outrageously for what it is – glorified sugar water! Thanks for a very helpful post!!! I have bookmarked it so it will be ready to go when I need it – hopefully not in the near future!

  61. marissa lee says:

    thank you for this,this is so much better thank the store bought one.

  62. Oh man what a great recipe! Thank you for sharing. I am definitely going to have to pin this to my records for whenever the need may arise!

  63. Thank you! I can’t wait to try this!

  64. Rebecca Parsons says:

    Great idea for mommies on budget or mommies who are in a pinch and can’t get out with their sick kids.

  65. Interesting recipe hack. I bet this will come in handy for a lot of people. Will have to remember this for after baby gets here.

  66. Wow i had never thought of making my own pedialyte! Such a smart thing to do. I will have to give it a try.

  67. Brandy Crowe says:

    Thank you thank you for posting this. I try to keep Pedialyte on hand for when my lo is sick, but he can’t drink one of those bottles in 3 days. It cost way to much to throw out. These are items that I always have in the pantry anyways.

  68. Renee Murphy says:

    I wish I had this recipe a year ago! My daughter was sick and drank Pedialyte for a week and then had it mixed with her bottles. For months afterwards, she would only drink her bottle if there was Pedialyte replacing part of the water. What an expensive habit that was! I’ll keep this for potential child #2.

  69. I’m bookmarking this in case we need it. ๐Ÿ™‚ We’re a pretty healthy family (knock on wood), so if one of the kids does need pedialyte, you can bet we won’t have any on hand, but these ingredients are all pantry staples, so that’s awesomely convenient.

  70. Sherry Compton says:

    Pedialyte is one of those things that when you need it, you have to have it but don’t need it often. I’m with you a lot goes to waste. Good to know there is a homemade alternative.

  71. Pinned!! I hate buying Pedialyte too. It’s so expensive, then goes bad after only 48 hrs in the fridge (and of course my daughter has not drank it all by then). This is a great recipe!

  72. Great money saver! I haven’t needed this for my little girl yet, but I know I will at some point. Saving this for sure. Thanks!

  73. I have four kids, so this is going to be a major money-saver for me – thank you!

  74. Christine Mondy says:

    Wow, I would never have thought you could make your own pedialyte. Bookmarking this right after I’m done typing! Thanks so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

  75. I feel the same way about the electrolytes, expensive and it gets wasted. I can’t believe how simple this recipe is. I will need to try this the next time the kids get sick.

  76. Stephanie says:

    Anyone who’s tried this can you give me feedback on the taste? Does it taste fizzy, sour, sweet, etc? I just made a homemade pedialyte from another recipe I found online and I do no like the taste of it. It’s water, sugar, salt, baking soda, and orange juice. YUCK! I’m really wanting to find something good tasting and cheap since it get’s drank in my house very often.

  77. tiffany dover says:

    WOW! I had no idea that pedialyte would be so simple to make. This stuff is so expensive! You rock!

  78. Sherry Compton says:

    Super easy and convenient! A great recipe to have on hand, especially with winter and flu season coming.

  79. Jessilee Raub says:

    Never knew this was something you could do. This is really great info to have with a toddler.

  80. cheryl lister says:

    I never thought of making this at home! So easy, too. I’ll be passing this on to my daughter.

  81. Thank you for posting this recipe. It will definitely come in handy this cold and flu season.

  82. This is great! I’ll have bookmark this page for when I need it. I feel so much better knowing what’s in the things I give children especially medicinal.

  83. This is great. The last thing I feel like doing when I have sick kids is to drag them to the store to buy pedialite. I have all this in my pantry so it is so much easier to make it at home.

  84. Maria Iemma says:

    I am making a copy of this recipe and giving it to my neighbor who has three little kids. They do not have a computer and her husband just lost his job. She will be able to use this when her kids are sick.

  85. Christina Kelbel says:

    Great idea! I am always looking up natural remedies on the internet myself. This will come in handy, thanks.

  86. This is great! It canbe soooo expensive sometime. And this is stuff I usually have in my kitchen at all times! So easy too!

  87. Thanks for this recipe. I’ll pass it on to my brother and sisters who have children.

  88. Wow! That has to be the best product replacement recipe that I’ve seen! Thanks for sharing.

  89. AMANDA STOVALL says:

    Oh my! Thank you sooo much for sharing this recipe! Just wish I’d read it a week ago! My tots have both been fighting an icky virus & geez, Pedialyte isn’t cheap & going out in the middle of a snow/ice storm to buy it wasn’t exactly fun either. But, they’re feeling much better now! Yay! I’ll remember this for next time! Printing it out now! Thanks again!

  90. Thank you so much, I will have to remember this for the next time I am sick.

  91. This is great to have on hand when someone needs re-hydrating. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  92. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I never thought about making my own Pedialyte and it is so expensive. This is a recipe I shall keep on hand for the future. Thanks

  93. We have bought the pedialyte many times in the store when the kids were sick, no more after getting your recipe. These kids are not fond of the purchased one either and this will be great to keep ingredients needed for those time when we may need this again

  94. Thank you so much, this will save so many of us lots of money.

  95. Have you tried using coconut water? I recently came up with a recipe that uses coconut water, water, apple juice, and sea salt! Young coconut water has so many benefits and it is so refreshing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  96. Pedialyte is so expensive, and you’re right, it tastes awful and is so hard to get the kiddos to drink it. I never knew that I could reproduce an electrolyte recipe, I thought it would have to undergo some sort of lab-type process.

  97. This is good to have on hand throughout the summer. It really doesn’t take much for a baby to get dehydrated.

  98. linda moore says:

    Had three children,would have helped out a lot back then.

  99. Kelly Faber says:

    Oh wow! I would have never thought!! What a great idea! Not only do you save money, but you also know that their are no artificial ingredients in the mix!! Thanks for sharing! Looks so easy to make!

  100. Awful idea. The sugar content on the jello causes dehydration.

  101. This is a great recipe for me to have for the grandkids. Thank you so much for sharing this. I know it will come in handy

  102. That sounds like a good recipe to have on hand. I wonder if it helps adults too?

  103. That’s good to keep on hand. Kids can become dehydrated quickly when they’re ill.

  104. Or you could purchase Wubba Water, an organic electrolyte drink for kids. No synthetic dyes, no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, less than 2 grams of sugar/serving and comes in 12 oz bottles. Also avail on Amazon. Oh, and tastes great!

  105. Wow so much cheaper than buying it. Different from another recipe I have so I am going to try this one too. This is great I would rather make it then buy it.

  106. I found this on Pinterest when I searched for a recipe to prevent my husband from becoming dehydrated after a bout of the flu. He is an older man and your homemade Pedialyte worked very well. Thank you.

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