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Just wondering what you all think of ginger ale fro stomach issues...<br><br>
My son won't take pedialyte...it makes him gag and that just triggers more throwing up. He will drink limited amounts of water when sick...usually drinks 6-8oz over the course of the day when healthy. He has never had any type of juice except for diluted OJ for the vit C but he really doesn't take much when sick. We have been battling stomach virus after stomach virus for over 10 weeks now. Probiotics just aren't keeping him balanced right now. He is not nursing as my milk dried up when I hit about 5m PG with #2, so he gets soy formula and I know milk products exacerbate diarrhea issues...so Gatorade and/or ginger ale when recommended. He has never had either and I normally would never dream of giving soda to my child but I always drank GA when I was sick, so I'm wondering. I'm just not keen on the idea of the high fructose corn syrup in the GA or whatever sugar is in Gatorade...however, I need to keep him hydrated.<br><br>
So what is the concesus on ginger ale? Gatorade?
 

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I would use flat ginger ale, but that's because it's what I drank as a sick child. You can make your <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Ginger-Ale" target="_blank">own</a> pretty easily.
 

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i'm not sure where you are, but in canada we have a drink called clearly canadian that is really awesome for sick tummies. probably not the healthiest for you, but it's carbonated, flavoured water. my little guy won't drink pedialyte either, but he's alright with pedialyte popsicles.
 

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Check the ingredients for real ginger. Most ginger ales don't actually have ginger in them anymore, but it's the ginger that makes your tummy feel better.<br><br>
As an alternative chamomile tea with some fresh ginger and honey is a great icky-tummy drink.
 

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I like the idea of Ginger Tea or Reeds Natural Ginger Ale.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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ya i was going to say the reeds natural GA - i have had it b4, and it actually has some real ginger in it which should be better than artificial and actually help with the tummy as well!
 

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Instead of Gatorade try Recharge:<br><a href="http://www.knudsenjuices.com/products/detail.aspx?groupID=10&categoryID=56&flavorID=175&productID=245" target="_blank">http://www.knudsenjuices.com/product...&productID=245</a><br><br>
My ds loves it and no HFCS!<br><br>
Lorette
 

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<a href="http://www.stoptheride.net/2008/02/little-house-sports-drink-ginger-water.html" target="_blank">http://www.stoptheride.net/2008/02/l...ger-water.html</a> is another possibility. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I normally don't like any kind of soda, but when I am sick, there is nothing like a glass of cold ginger ale. I have been known to drop a chunk of peeled fresh ginger into a 2L bottle so it gets a little real ginger taste in there <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I also never drink ginger ale except when I'm sick. It really stays down when I need it to though. I can't remember the brand name but I get some at Wild Oats that is all natural and contains real ginger and no HFCS. However, it's pretty strong so you'd need to dilute it with some water I would think.
 

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"Natural Brew Outrageous Ginger Ale" and they aren't kidding. It's a wake you up, kick your ass, sock on the face kind of ginger ale lol.
 

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Ginger ale is fine. As someone pointed out, real ginger does have anti-nausea properties. But, GA is also good for post-sick bellies b/c it has some sugar (which the body needs as it's recuperating and has emptied out the stomach) and is easy to digest. To make it even easier on the stomach, let it get to room temp (to make it closer to body temp) and a bit flat.
 

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Yep, love GA for sick tummies.<br><br>
And if you don't have a sick tummy, try it over ice cream! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy"> I think that's called a Boston Cooler.
 

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Most ginger ales (like Canadian Dry or Schwepps, which I believe are the two big ones), don't contain much, if any, ginger at all. Honestly I wouldn't waste my money on them. If you can get Hansen's Ginger Ale, it's a good gingery soda, but it still has HFCS in it. Reeds is great, and is not made with HFCS, and I can even find a honey sweetened GA at my local HFS sometimes.<br><br>
The easiest though is to make a ginger ade (non carbonated). Take some sliced ginger, steep it in hot water, add a bit of honey and let it cool. The longer you steep it and the more you add, the spicier the ginger flavor will be. You can add soda water to this if you like, for the carbonation.<br><br>
What we actually used to do, rather than using ginger ale, is use candied ginger. Yes, it has sugar, but really a piece or two is all it usually takes. I'm not fond of crystallized ginger because of the excessive amounts of sugar, but there are even ginger hard or gummi candies out there now (google The Ginger People).
 
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