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July 8, 2013 by Tracey Black
What Are Electrolytes and Why Do We Need Them?
In a nutshell, electrolytes are basically salts – specifically the ions in salt. According to Discovery Health, “electrolytes are important because they are what your cells (especially nerve, heart, muscle) use to maintain voltages across their cell membranes and to carry electrical impulses (nerve impulses, muscle contractions) across themselves and to other cells.”
Furthermore, when kids get the stomach flu or have diarrhea or vomiting, they lose electrolytes and need to replenish them. The same goes for kids (and adults) who exercise a lot – they lose electrolytes (specifically sodium and potassium) through sweat.
The major electrolytes in the body include: sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate, phosphate and sulfate.
Homemade Electrolyte Drink RecipeIngredients
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend well. That’s it!
For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
1 part fennel
1 part dill
3 parts anise
3 parts chamomile
1/4 part catnip
1. Mix the ingredients and store in airtight container until ready to use.
2. Pour 1 cup of boiling water to 1 tablespoon of the mixture and steep covered for 45 minutes.
3. Strain and let cool.
4. Give the infant 1 tablespoon of the tea every few minutes until colic pain ceases.
5. To prevent symptoms, use 1 tablespoon 3 times a day.
For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
The size and shape of the eustachian tube in a child are different than in an adult. The eustachian tube of a child is shorter and lies in a more horizontal position. The child who develops a cold will often sniff, thereby forcing the nasal drainage from the throat region into the eustachian tubes and middle ear. This drainage results in a middle ear infection called otitis media. As the child grows, the eustachian tube grows longer and becomes less horizontal. There is less chance for bacteria to enter the middle ear from the throat. In this sense, children are said to outgrow ear infections.
adopted from The human body in health and illness, Herlihy & Maebius