Easy Homemade Hydration Popsicles for Cold & Flu Season

Made with fresh fruit, raw honey, and topped off with hydrating liquid, these Homemade Hydration Popsicles are a great way to help your kids stay hydrated through the cold and flu season.  These popsicles have been kid-tested and approved.  They’ll bring comfort to parents worried about their child becoming dehydrated due to a fever, cold, or flu bug. Trust me, I know how scary it can be to have a little one sick and dehydrated.

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This past week has been a rollercoaster of emotions at our house because of some yucky germ bugs that decided to invade.  Our little BooBaw started running a fever a week ago today.  When I say fever, I mean 103 plus.  She fevered Monday and Tuesday (Happy Valentine’s Day… not), then seemed to be on the mend.   By the time Thursday rolled around, our BooBaw hadn’t fevered for almost 36 hours.  That afternoon, she started acting not quite herself.  She wasn’t acting like our active, silly little lady she normally was.  She was sad and clingy and just wanted to be held all the time.

Suspecting she might be running a fever again, I took her temperature.  Sure enough, the numbers 101.6 flashed on the thermometer.  :'(  I thought she had gotten lucky and kicked that icky bug so fast.  Little did I know, this was only the start of a very long night and weekend.  Our little BooBaw kept running a fever through the night and into Friday.  Her temperature would go down to a low-grade fever (under 100.5) after medication was given only to return to over 102 within 4-6 hours.  She didn’t want to drink or eat and being the worried mama I was, I had to break the cycle and get her to hydrate.  When a child runs a fever, especially a high fever, they can become dehydrated so quickly, it’s scary.  She wasn’t looking too hot.   Poor girl!

BooBaw sick

My kids love popsicles and lately we’ve been all about them at our house.  I’ve tried to keep them semi-healthy by making them out of fresh fruit or 100% juice.  (It makes me feel a little better and I’ll let them eat two… or three).

I thought… why not make a popsicle with a hydrating liquid like Pedialyte?  Have you ever tasted Pedialyte?  Let’s just say, it’s not my favorite.  I decided to give the popsicle idea a try but enhanced the flavors by adding some fresh ingredients with great health benefits.

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I made two flavors, one with a strawberry lemonade Powerade liquid base, and another with a strawberry pediatric electrolyte liquid.  To ensure the popsicles would taste great so she would eat them, and not break her teeth, I added fresh strawberries and other yum factors (raw honey and fresh lemon juice).  The strawberries really helped the popsicles not be so hard.

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The first thing I did was cut up the strawberries into tiny pieces.  I used these strawberries in both, the strawberry and strawberry lemonade, popsicle flavors.  For the strawberry pediatric electrolyte popsicles, I filled each popsicle mold (I bought mine at IKEA but you can find some great ones here) half full with the tiny strawberry cubes.  Then, I carefully poured the strawberry flavored pediatric electrolyte to the top of the popsicle mold fill line, stuck a stick in each, and put them in the freezer.

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For the strawberry lemonade Powerade popsicles, I mixed 1/4 lb of the strawberry pieces with 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of raw honey.  This made a chunky strawberry syrup salsa, so to speak.

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I continued by filled each mold half full with this strawberry-lemon mixture and carefully poured the Powerade in after.  Once they were all filled to the line, I capped each with a stick and placed them in the freezer.

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I also decided to try making strawberry lemonade hydration drops using mini ice cube trays.  I took the same ingredients that were in the strawberry lemonade popsicles, blended them in a blender, poured them into the ice cube trays, then froze them.  I liked the way the blender aerated the mixture.  This made the drops much easier to bit into because they were soft even after freezing.

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Once the popsicles were frozen, I offer one to her… she ate the whole thing within five minutes.  Do you know how much relief I felt because of this small feat? A lot.  I know one popsicle wasn’t going to make too big of a dent but she ate it.  That was progress!  I even tried one… they were actually really good.

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Do you think your sicky chickies would go for these?

Easy Hydration Popsicles for cold and flu season | KitchenCents.com

These were popsicles I actually wanted her to eat.  I would have been thrilled if she ate them all. Unfortunately for me, it took her a couple days to eat them all but, nonetheless, I was happy for that.

To continue with our yucky-germs invasion story… over the next day, our BooBaw’s fevers continued and a cough developed.  By Friday night her heart rate became elevated and her breathing became mildly labored.  By Saturday there was no question, she would be making a visit to InstaCare.  What’s really crazy, BooBaw caught RSV last year and was hospitalized on Valentine’s Day.  It was only a matter of a few days, just like this sickness, that she went from “normal” to very sick.  We’re really starting to not like the day we get invaded by {love} bugs or February, for that matter.

We were the first people to arrive at the local InstaCare.  There the doctor did his exam and concluded that our little BooBaw probably caught a little virus early in the week, started getting better than caught a secondary bacterial pneumonia infection.  The first virus literally setting the stage in her little lungs so those nasty little germs could put on a show.  We were able to avoid another hospitalization as long as she didn’t get worse.  She was sent home with an antibiotic and 24/7 oxygen for the next week or until she could sustain her own oxygen levels.

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BooBaw is sick

Thank goodness, I’m happy to report, our cute BooBaw is post-2 days from her visit to InstaCare and doing so much better.  She will be on oxygen for at least a few more days but her fevers have stopped and her bright energetic little personality is returning.

Although these hydration popsicles weren’t her “saving grace,” they definitely made her feel better and they gave me a little peace of mind knowing she was getting some fluids into that little body of hers.

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So, the next time your little one gets sick, consider giving them lots of love, rest and hydration popsicles. 😉  This cold and flu season has felt like a doozy for us but these delicious hydration popsicles really took the edge off things.

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Respiratory illnesses can be soooo scary especially when it affects a small child.  Have you ever had to deal with RSV, other respiratory illness, or your child getting dehydrated?  What did you do to help them through it? I hope your Valentine’s week was a bit better than ours.Click here for the recipe | KitchenCents.com

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Easy Hydration Drops for cold and flu season | KitchenCents.com

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14 Responses

  1. Jessica Egbert says:

    When I get a sick kiddo again I am going to have to try these. This is such a good idea!


  2. I’m glad your little girl is much better! Popsicles are such a great idea when our littles are sick and dehydrated. The honey and lemon are such natural immunity boosters as well.

  3. Sirri says:

    I’m definitely trying these! My kids are just getting over being sick!

  4. Syama says:

    Love the honey lemon popsicle idea, both are such good immune boosters ! In a popsicle the kids are just going to eat them up without complaints too ..

  5. Christine says:

    So glad your little one is feeling better!! Thank you so much for sharing the popsicle recipe!!! I am keeping this handy my kids only want popsicles when they are sick

  6. Emily Jones says:

    I am so glad that your little one is on the mend – I would have loved to make these when my one was a little one – I was visiting her at University last week when she got food poisoning and these would have really helped !

  7. Aarika says:

    This is such a great idea! I am definitely sharing with my sister-in-law who has three little boys, often feeling under the weather. =) This is a great post! Love it.

  8. andrea says:

    It is so hard when our kids are sick. I bet these cool popsicles would bring a smile to their face. Great idea!

  9. Lindsay says:

    I LOVE this! I just had the flu last week and let me tell you – it was NOT pretty! I even got a nasty secondary infection from it! I will be trying these tomorrow! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  10. Leah Elwood says:

    This is such a great idea! My son and I are currently sick, ugh – I was just thinking we need to pick up some popsicles. But maybe I’ll give these a shot instead 😉 Thank you for sharing!

  11. Joanna says:

    Such a great idea! I need to make some of these right now:)

  12. Kari says:

    What a great idea! What kid would say no to a Popsicle?

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