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A Night of Blow-outs Where There Were No Tires

A throwback blog post!

I am so very thankful for my health, and the health of my family.  When we hit a brief patch of illness, I am ever more thankful.  We hit one of those yesterday and last night.  Ugh.

Little Bit on an ornery day!

      Little Bit (EJ) on an ornery day

Little Bit (EJ), at just under a year, had a day of the runs…if you can call them “the runs” when she’s not running anywhere…but I can see how you could take that another way.  Sorry about that visual image.  Yikes.

Anyway, she and her daddy were having issues with that yesterday and into last night.  Thankfully, that’s all she had to deal with.  Mr. Big (My Big Bald Dude) added another level of complexity to the mix from about 10:00-2:00.

I thought we were finished with dealing with those issues.

I thought I could finally go to bed.

Obviously, I thought wrong…

because at 2:00 on the dot, I heard the cry from the other room.

I knew exactly what that cry meant, and because Mr. Big was incapacitated, thanks to this lovely stomach bug, I knew that I was going to have to deal with it all by myself.  Not a pleasant thought in the least.

*Side note here — my heart & respect goes out to single parents!  I would be a crazy mess if I had to do it all by myself all the time.  God bless y’all!*

Little Miss on a good day

         Little Miss (A) on a good day.

For two solid hours, Little Miss had “blow outs.”  That’s what she calls them, at least.  Vomiting would be the phrase the rest of us would understand.  Truthfully, though, her phrase makes a lot of sense.  She’s like that, just calls it like it is.

Anyway, to deal with the “blow outs” and “the runs,” I have had my girls on Pedialyte to keep them hydrated and keep their electrolytes balanced.  Now, don’t get me wrong — I do not normally buy that stuff, but we were going to be traveling, and I had a coupon…so there…Not that I have to justify myself to anyone, but it’s a bit late for that realization, isn’t it?  wink

When Little Mr. (W) was born, we had a no-nonsense pediatrician that laughed at the idea of buying Pedialyte, and gave us a recipe for some to make at home.  Yes!  It’s only cents to make, and my kids prefer the homemade.  I thought I would share that with you today.  It could not be easier!


2 cups water

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp powdered Jello (any flavor)

Stir it all together, and drink it down.

If you prefer not to use Jello, there are recipes out there with fruit juice in them.  Here’s one:

2 cups clear fruit juice

2 cups water

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

Sugar as needed, to taste (I probably won’t use any sugar with this.  100% fruit juice is sweet enough on its own.)

These recipes come in handy.  Here’s an article that I found at My Empty Nest that has the World Health Organization’s suggested “oral rehydration solution” recipe.  It really goes into the ins and outs of this whole subject and is an informative read.

Do you have a recipe you use?  Please share it below!  smiley

This article was first seen on – one of my other blogs!

Grace & Peace, Carrie

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