For years when my kids have the flu, I’ve treated it with a few hours of rest for the tummy, then a bit of Sprite. If that stays down, we then we try some dry toast, maybe with a little more Sprite. If the bug seems long-lived, we’ve occasionally bought Gatorade to help restore the electrolyte balance. Thankfully kids usually heal quickly.
But with my increased interest in healthy food, I’ve become more and more uncomfortable giving sick kids drinks laden with sugar and food coloring. (Did you know that sugar suppresses immune function in your body?) Recently I did a little online research and discovered some healthier options to try when kids are not feeling their best. (Please use good judgement and consult with your doctor regarding any illness that lasts longer than a day or two, especially in a child younger than age 2.)
Homemade pedialyte is incredibly easy to make.
- 1 quart water
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Coconut water is another easy alternative to pedialyte. It naturally contains all sorts of good electrolytes.
Don’t forget the power of the BRAT diet to help settle tummies plagued with diarrhea.
For added power, season the applesauce with cinnamon– cinnamon fights all sorts of bacteria, including e. coli. And spread the toast with a little coconut oil, because coconut oil also has antibiotic effects.
Here’s a smoothie that combines most of the above ingredients into a tummy-soothing treat.
- 3/4 cup of rice milk
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp of raw, local honey
- 1/2 tsp of coconut oil
Combine everything except the coconut oil in a blender. Then melt the coconut oil and add to the mixture slowly while blending.
Also be sure to read this great article by Healthy Jasmine. That’s where I got several of these ideas. Do you have other healthy ideas for dealing with kiddos who have to flu? I’d love to hear about them.Pin It