As my household has experienced for the past three weeks, stomach bugs can be vicious little problems, especially in little ones! Children with diarrhea and/or vomiting can experience dehydration which can become very serious, very quickly. Oral hydration is recommended, often by the intake of pedriatic electrolyte drinks. Here is a recipe you can quickly and easily mix up at home.
The Background Story
In 1971, during an outbreak of cholera among Bangladesh refugees in India, an Indian doctor, Dilip Mahalanabis, ran out of IV saline solution. He elected to put to the test the results of an oral re-hydration experiment in which he had participated in at Johns Hopkins Center in Calcutta. The rate of death among cholera patients dropped from 30% to 3% with this oral re-hydration recipe.
1 teaspoon of salt (or 1 large pinch)
8 teaspoons of sugar (or a fistful…brown sugar can also be used)
1 liter (5 cups) of clean drinking water
Simply mix salt and sugar into a jug of water. The sugar enables the salt to be absorbed more efficiently, thereby increasing the absorption rate of the water.
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