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Are sport drinks a good electrolyte supplementation for my child with gastroenteritis?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: No

These generally have an excess amount of sugar that can actually worsen the process.
I have occasionally used gateraid diluted half & half with water in older kids (>6m).I use pedialyte in most.

In brief: No

These generally have an excess amount of sugar that can actually worsen the process.
I have occasionally used gateraid diluted half & half with water in older kids (>6m).I use pedialyte in most.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Timothy Ashley
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
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In brief: Not ideal

For small children, the electrolytes are too few and sugar too much in most sport drinks to us alone for gastro- compare with eg pedialyte, which can be used for a day or so.
For older kids, most clear fluids are ok for a day or two, especially if eating a little. Infants who cannot take their usual milk or formula should see their doctor.

In brief: Not ideal

For small children, the electrolytes are too few and sugar too much in most sport drinks to us alone for gastro- compare with eg pedialyte, which can be used for a day or so.
For older kids, most clear fluids are ok for a day or two, especially if eating a little. Infants who cannot take their usual milk or formula should see their doctor.
Dr. Timothy Ashley
Dr. Timothy Ashley
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