DIY Homemade Pedialyte Recipe

Homemade Pedialyte

2-quarts water
1-teaspoon baking soda
7-teaspoons sugar
1- (1/4 oz.) packet unsweetened kool-aid -OR- lemonade mix (any flavor)
1/2-teaspoon salt or salt substitute

Mix all together.
Store in fridge for NO more then 3 days. can be made into ice cubes.


  1. says

    I wonder if it would be possible to substitute splenda/sucralose for the sugar in this and still have it work the same way?

  2. Cassie says

    The salt and baking soda are the electrolytes, not the sugar. The sugar is because you’re using unsweetened drink mix.

  3. says

    This is a great post! I liked it so much I linked it at my food blog Recipe Micellany :) I hope that is okay, I linked right to you and give you all the lovin’ you deserve 😉

  4. Deb B says

    Is the amount of sugar, 7 tsp., correct? For one packet of unsweetened kool-aid, this would be very sour? Should the kool-aid be pre-sweetened using the amount needed to make 2 qts.?

  5. Rebecca says

    I added 7 Tbsp and its still a little sour but I think it’ll work. I assumed it was a typo too :) I imagine I could’ve used agave but I didnt think of that til after I added the sugar. Next time..

  6. Jess says

    You need to have sugar or some kind of real sweetener to provide some kind of calories. Pedialyte isn’t just to replace lost electrolytes, it is to get some dextrose to provide energy. Also, if you do not use salt-substitute AND salt, you are missing the potassium that is lost with vomiting and diarrhea.


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