We’re trudging along on the second full week of my son’s horrible virus — so far he has missed a total of eight days of school due to this bug. (This particular illness has emptied out his school — it’s pretty dramatic.) I was at the drugstore last night for some oral rehydration solution (Pedialyte is the most commonly-seen brand), but the problem is that he hates the taste of it so getting him to drink enough is a struggle. Then I noticed these little pediatric electrolyte strips. They’re like the dissolving breath freshener strips you pop onto your tongue, except that these are basically a flavored mixture of sodium and potassium. Since getting my son to drink wasn’t the problem (my worry was more about electrolyte balance) these looked like just the ticket. The pharmacist sounded confident, so I went for it.
So far, it’s working out well. He’s far from recovered, but adding 2-4 of these strips per hour has really helped him bounce back. They taste weird, but not so bad that he refuses them. So far, it looks like only Walgreens carries them — have you seen any in your area? Have you tried these strips, and, if, so, were you happy with the results?