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Pedialyte Warnings And Recalls
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
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