ORS Rehydration Recipe

An efficient and effective homemade remedy to be used when watery diarrhea strikes and is a good substitute for oral rehydration salts which can be purchased–such as Pedialyte and CeraLyte.


  • 1/2 to 1 cup precooked baby rice cereal or 1½ tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


Mix well the rice cereal (or sugar), water, and salt together until the mixture thickens but is not too thick to drink.

Give the mixture often by spoon and offer the child as much as he or she will accept (every minute if the child will take it).

Continue giving the mixture with the goal of replacing the fluid lost: one cup lost, give a cup. Even if the child is vomiting, the mixture can be offered in small amounts (2-1 tsp.) every few minutes or so.

  • Banana or other non-sweetened mashed fruit can help provide potassium.
  • We strongly encourage parents to continue feeding children when they are sick and to continue breastfeeding if the child is being breastfed.