Top 20 Doctor insights on: Pedialyte warnings and recalls

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How does pedialyte work?

How does pedialyte work?

Simple fluid: Pedilyte is essentially the same thing as the IV fluid your doc would give to keep your kid hydrated. You just get it in through the stomach in small frequent amounts, rather than through a tube in a vein. Since it requires no digestive work, it allows your gut to rest and heal while it is being used. ...Read more

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Pedialyte (Definition)

Pedialyte is a hydration agents for children which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more


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Is pedialyte good for adults?

Is pedialyte good for adults?

Pedialyte: Adults?: Yes. I have a lot of patients who when they were sick chose this product to help they stay hydrated...There are even some products that try to play on this for adults. ...Read more

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Is there pedialyte for adults?

Is there pedialyte for adults?

For all ages, but: Pedialyte is a rehydration solution that is balanced to the specific needs of infants and children but can be used by all. However, the average adult with a bit of vomiting & diarrhea can get similar benefit by diluting gateraid half/half with water. The adult system has more resilience in such a setting. Things like apple sauce, jello and old fashion chicken soup can also be beneficial. ...Read more

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Is there a pedialyte for adults?

Sort of.: The oral rehydration solution is the same, but adults need it less often - usually for sports dehydration or very severe colitis such as cholera. ...Read more

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Does pedialyte increase appetite?

Does pedialyte increase appetite?

No: Pedialyte is extremely low in calories. Because of the lack of calories, it leaves babies hungry. They will need to be fed more often. The pedialyte should not be used more than 24-48 hours without another food source. ...Read more

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Can you mix pedialyte with formula?

Can you mix pedialyte with formula?

Yes but why?: We usually use pedialyte for vomiting and diarrhea to maintain electrolyte balance. Formula with water is balanced and has appropriate nutrients so it really isn't necessary to mix pedialyte and formula. I might suggest using a teaspoon or two of formal in a bottle of pedialyte for a child who won't drink anything but milk. This gives the taste of milk with more pedialyte. ...Read more

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Is there an adult version of pedialyte?

Is there an adult version of pedialyte?

Yes, called gateraid: Pedialyte is quite different from the rehydration solution used by adults. It has far less glucose and a different balance of electrolytes. Gateraid was the original adult rehydration solution although there are many others now available. ...Read more

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Could pedialyte be used in 8months old?

Yes: This is a common fluid supplement in infants. It is similar to the IV solution used in hospitals. It has little nutritional benefit but does help hydrate kids with vomiting and diarrhea. ...Read more

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Can a child consume too much pedialyte?

Can a child consume too much pedialyte?

Not really.: If the child has healthy kidneys, it will get rid of extra water and electrolytes that it doesn't need. ...Read more

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Can pedialyte be bad if you aren't sick?

No.: As with everything in life, moderation is good. Pedialyte is sort of like expensive, bad tasting gatorade. ...Read more

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Can you give a baby under a year pedialyte?

Can you give a baby under a year pedialyte?

YES: It is entirely safe to use pedialyte in any age infant. We occasionally use it even in the newborn nursery. It is designed for use if a baby is vomiting from a viral gastroenteritis in place of formula to help settle down the GI tract and keep the baby hydrated. If baby has been vomiting, give just a few sips initially, and then very slowly increase amount as long as no recurrent vomiting. ...Read more

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Can I give my son unrefrigerated pedialyte?

Can I give my son unrefrigerated pedialyte?

Yes: Sometimes refrigerated to improve the taste. Unopened OK. Once it has been opened, better to keep it chilled but you can warm it to room temperature before giving it. If you are using it for vomiting, give small amounts often. If not working, have him seen. All the best. ...Read more

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Can children get sick from to much pedialyte?

Can children get sick from to much pedialyte?

Yes: It should not be the only source of diet from more than 48 hours. As long as other foods are added it can be continued a little longer. It only contains a small amount of sugar, electrolytes and water. It is not a complete food source and would lead to malnutrition if continued too long, or not used along with other foods and milk. ...Read more

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Why do the bottles of pedialyte say refrigerate and use within 48 hours after opening?

Why do the bottles of pedialyte say refrigerate and use within 48 hours after opening?

So you buy more: Pedialyte has the same pen shelf life as juice or sugar containing sports drinks would have. They want you to limit open use to 2 days for two reasons - first, you shouldn't be using this for more than a day or two for a baby/toddler GI illness without letting your doctor know, because your child should be evaluated if needed longer. Second, they are in business to make money and want to sell more. ...Read more

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Is pedialyte solution safe for everyone? Why does it say to use under medical supervision?

Is pedialyte solution safe for everyone? Why does it say to use under medical supervision?

Generally: This material is similar to the IV solution we use in hospitals. It is safe but silly to use in adults who can use 1/2 sterngth Gateraid for a similar effect. Like any product it can be used inappropriately. No person at any age should go on this product exclusively. It is not a substitute for oral nutrition and can be given in excess at any age causing problems from excess intake. ...Read more

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Can adults drink pedialyte?

Yes: It is essentially the same as IV fluid. It is specifically designed for infants and toddlers who have need for oral re-hydration and substitutes for a trip to the hospital and iv's. Adults are more tolerant to a simplified oral hydration solution and could do well on gateraid or other similar drink. ...Read more

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Can a grown woman drink pedialyte?

Yes, but: Yes, but why would you want to? Because it's packaged for children, it's more expensive than similar electrolyte solutions made for adults. ...Read more

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How much Pedialyte can I give a 5 month old?

How much Pedialyte can I give a 5 month old?

Small amounts: 2-3 oz per feeding, small amounts frequently. As soon as the baby is able to tolerate Pedialyte place the baby back on formula and solids. All the best. ...Read more

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What will happen if you drink pedialyte when not sick?

What will happen if you drink pedialyte when not sick?

U will be hydrated: Pedialyte is simply a balance of water and the type of electrolytes found in our body. It is roughly like drinking a dilute gatorade. It has no special qualities to heal illness beyond helping kids stay hydrated. ...Read more