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Recipie for salt / sugar solution - Urgent please

(12 Posts)
bensmum3 Fri 20-May-05 18:46:38

Hi, I've got a poorly lamb and want to make a salt/sugar solution to try and rehydate it, does anyone have a recipie for the right quantities please, ( would need to be suitable for a small child)

janeybops Fri 20-May-05 18:47:26

the chemist will sell you some diarolite (sp?)
that is what I have always used.

Mud Fri 20-May-05 18:48:07

never heard of home made dioralyte - the salts in dioralyte are mineral salts not sodium - think home-made stuff might be an old-wives tale - though willing to be educated otherwise

Mud Fri 20-May-05 18:48:41

is it a sheep or a child ??

Mud Fri 20-May-05 18:52:11


but seriously if its a child (only confused cos you refer to 'it') then I wouldn't do this

bensmum3 Fri 20-May-05 19:00:24

Thankyou Mud,
She is an orphan lamb,(sheep), we are bottle feeding her, but due to never having the colostrum most lambs get she's more at risk of infection, I have given antibiotics, but need to sort out the dehydration quickly.
thankyou again.

lima Fri 20-May-05 19:04:49

The Bounty guide says to make up your own ORT solution: mix 1 teasp salt and 8 teasp sugar with 1 litre of boiled water

LIZS Fri 20-May-05 19:05:26

Wouldn't try to do a homemade version tbh, not the same as the prepared rehydration sachets, although possible protem alternatives may include diluted flat Coke, dilute Ribena or similar, plain water or a suitable herbal tea (ie.fennel) depending on age of "small child" .

LIZS Fri 20-May-05 19:06:06

oops posts crossed lol !

NotQuiteCockney Fri 20-May-05 19:19:28

The homemade version is as good as dioralyte, from what I know - it's just salt and sugar and water.

That being said, I always just use dioralyte, as DS1 likes the flavour, and it's easier, if strangely expensive, for what it is.

SoupDragon Fri 20-May-05 19:24:47

Each Dioralyte sachet contains: glucose 3.56 g, sodium chloride 0.47 g, potassium chloride 0.30 g and disodium hydrogen citrate 0.53 g as active ingredients.

Also contains: silicon dioxide, saccharin sodium, lemon/lime flavour (citrus packs only), blackcurrant flavour (blackcurrant packs only).

tamum Fri 20-May-05 19:26:39

Yes, the homemade version is fine, even for human children.

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