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What is Pedialyte®?

Pedialyte® is an oral rehydration solution specifically designed to quickly replenish fluids and electrolytes lost due to diarrhea and vomiting, fever, exercise, heat, travel, and occasional alcohol consumption.

Does Pedialyte® help dehydration?

Yes, Pedialyte® helps prevent dehydration and is the #1 doctor- and pharmacist-recommended rehydration solution in Canada.

USAGE

Does Pedialyte® help with diarrhea and vomiting?

Pedialyte® helps prevent the dehydration that can occur as a result of diarrhea and vomiting. Pedialyte® contains the balance of sodium and sugar recommended by experts1,2 to help prevent dehydration. Unlike sugary sports drinks, juices, and sodas, which can make diarrhea even worse, Pedialyte® is formulated with a special balance of sugar (dextrose) and minerals (electrolytes), which help promote rehydration.


For more information on dehydration and the stomach flu, click here.

Can Pedialyte® help a cold?

Pedialyte® can help prevent or relieve dehydration due to fever or stomach flu. Pedialyte® is the #1 doctor- and pharmacist-recommended rehydration solution in Canada.

Can Pedialyte® help with migraines?

Headaches may be symptoms of dehydration. Pedialyte® is scientifically designed for fast, effective rehydration.


For more information on the symptoms of dehydration, click here.

Can you give Pedialyte® for fever?

Yes, Pedialyte® can help relieve and prevent dehydration due to fever. Fever can cause an increase in sweating which can lead to a loss of fluids and electrolytes. Pedialyte® replaces fluids and electrolytes to help prevent dehydration.


For more information on dehydration and fever click here.

Does Pedialyte® help with nausea?

Nausea may be associated with certain medical conditions. Speak with your health care professional to know if Pedialyte® may be suitable for you. Small sips of Pedialyte® can help prevent dehydration that might occur during periods of nausea and vomiting.

Do athletes drink Pedialyte®?

Yes, Pedialyte® can be suitable for athletes to help prevent dehydration caused by sweating during intense training.


For more information on dehydration and exercise, click here.

Is Pedialyte® good for runners?

Yes, Pedialyte® can be suitable for runners to help prevent or relieve dehydration. Use Pedialyte® to rehydrate after extreme perspiration.

Is Pedialyte® good for sports?

Often playing sports can cause you to sweat. You can use Pedialyte® to rehydrate during and after playing sports. Pedialyte® is the #1 doctor- and pharmacist-recommended rehydration solution in Canada.


For more information on dehydration and exercise, click here.

Is Pedialyte® good for bodybuilding?

Pedialyte® helps prevent dehydration caused by sweating during and after periods of intense exercise.

Can you drink Pedialyte® after drinking alcohol?

Yes, Pedialyte® can help you rehydrate after occasional alcohol consumption.

Should I continue breastfeeding while giving my baby Pedialyte®?

While it is recommended that an infant or child continue breastfeeding during bouts of diarrhea and vomiting, since each situation is different, we suggest consulting your health care professional to determine the best course of action for your child.

Can someone with diabetes use Pedialyte®?

Pedialyte® is used to help restore vital minerals and nutrients lost during diarrhea and vomiting. While it does contain carbohydrates, it may or may not contain the appropriate amount of carbohydrates for someone with diabetes, especially if insulin is being used. People with diabetes should ask their doctor for specific guidelines on using Pedialyte®.

INGREDIENTS

What ingredients are in Pedialyte®?

Click on a product name to view the complete ingredient list: Pedialyte® - Pedialyte® AdvancedCareTM - Pedialyte® powder sticks - Pedialyte® Freezer Pops.

What electrolytes are in Pedialyte®?

Pedialyte® contains sodium, potassium and chloride. For effective rehydration, we need both fluids and electrolytes, like those found in Pedialyte®, to rehydrate and feel better fast.

Where can I find Pedialyte® nutrition facts?

Please refer to Pedialyte® labels for information on medical and non-medical ingredients.
This website provides information for Canadian products.
Click on a product name to view the complete ingredient list: Pedialyte® - Pedialyte® AdvancedCareTM - Pedialyte® powder sticks - Pedialyte® Freezer Pops.

How many calories does Pedialyte® contain?

Pedialyte® contains 100 calories per litre.
Pedialyte® AdvancedCareTM contains 70 calories per litre.
Pedialyte® powder sticks contain 23 calories per 250 mL.
Pedialyte® Freezer Pops contain 6.3 calories per sleeve (62.5 mL).

Is there a lot of sugar in Pedialyte®?

Pedialyte® contains the recommended1,2 balance of sugar and sodium to help you rehydrate — up to 6x less sugar than sports drinks, juice, and soda.

How many grams of sugar/carbohydrates are in Pedialyte® products?

The amount of sugar/carbohydrates (dextrose) used in each formulation of Pedialyte® is listed below:


Formulation Sugar (dextrose)
Pedialyte® 25 g per litre
Pedialyte® freezer pops 25 g per litre (1.6 g per 62.5 mL freezer pop)
Pedialyte® AdvancedCareTM 16 g per litre
Pedialyte® powder sachets 25 g per litre
Why are sweeteners added to Pedialyte®? Why not just add sugar?

Pedialyte® contains the quantity and ratio of sugar (dextrose) and minerals (electrolytes) recommended by experts.1,2 This precise balance of sugar and electrolytes makes Pedialyte® effective in the management, treatment, and prevention of mild to moderate dehydration. The presence of a small amount of sugar enhances water absorption. However, adding extra sugar to Pedialyte® may draw water into the intestine, which would increase the risk of dehydration. Adding sweeteners makes Pedialyte® tasty and easy to drink, and helps rehydrate and restore nutrients lost due to sweating or due to diarrhea and vomiting.

Is Pedialyte® suitable for vegans or vegetarians?

Yes, Pedialyte® products, with the exception of Pedialyte® AdvancedCareTM, do not contain any ingredients derived from animals.

DOSAGE

How much and how often should I give Pedialyte® to my child? Is the dose different for adults?

Recommended dose for mild to moderate dehydration due to diarrhea and vomiting

Infants under 1 year of age: Consult your doctor.

Children 1-2 years: Give 50–100 mL per episode of diarrhea and/or vomiting, up to a maximum of 1 L over a period of
24 hours. Attempt to give solution as soon as diarrhea begins. Offer small, frequent sips every 15 minutes, increasing serving size as tolerated.

Children 2-9 years: Give 100–200 mL per episode of diarrhea and/or vomiting, up to a maximum of 1 L over a period of
8 to 24 hours. Attempt to give solution as soon as diarrhea begins. Offer small, frequent sips every 15 minutes, increasing serving size as tolerated.

Adults, adolescents, and children ≥ 10 years: Take/give 200–400 mL per episode of diarrhea and/or vomiting, or as much as wanted. Attempt to take/give solution as soon as diarrhea begins. Take/give small, frequent sips every
15 minutes, increasing serving size as tolerated.


Consult your doctor if vomiting, fever or diarrhea continues beyond 24 hours or if consumption needs are greater than
2 L per day. Pedialyte® freezer pops are not for use in children under 2 years of age.


Recommended dose for mild to moderate dehydration due to other causes (fever, travelling, heat, exercise, occasional alcohol consumption, medical procedures/treatments which may increase the risk of dehydration)


Children <10 years: Consult a health care professional.


Adults, adolescents, and children ≥ 10 years: Take/give 400 mL–2 L per day as needed, or as directed by a health care professional.

Why does the Pedialyte® label say, “For infants under 1 year of age, consult your physician”?

Although Pedialyte® Unflavoured is suitable for infants under 1 year of age, this recommendation is intended to ensure the proper evaluation and treatment plan for infants who take Pedialyte®. A baby is at much greater risk for dehydration than an older child is, and it is important to encourage parents to discuss their baby’s condition with a physician before rehydration during diarrhea and vomiting.

Is Pedialyte® safe for babies and newborn infants?

For children under 1 year, consult a physician before using Pedialyte®.

OTHER

Where in the store can I find Pedialyte®?

Typically, most retail locations stock Pedialyte® in the pharmacy section. It can also be found in the baby/toddler aisle. Ask your pharmacist.

Can I freeze Pedialyte® (not the Freezer Pops)?

We do not recommend freezing any of our Pedialyte® products, unless they are specifically designed to be frozen, like Pedialyte® Freezer Pops. Pedialyte® Freezer Pops contain an ingredient (carboxymethylcellulose) that keeps the pops from freezing solid (like ice cubes) and makes them more “bite-able”. Other Pedialyte® products do not contain this ingredient.

Can I mix Pedialyte® with water? Apple juice? Ginger ale?

Pedialyte® products contain the recommended balance of sugar and electrolytes to help prevent dehydration. If other fluids are added, this balance of sugar and electrolytes may be altered, making the product less effective. Additionally, adding other sweetened fluids could draw water back into the intestine and make diarrhea even worse. Therefore, no other beverage should be mixed with Pedialyte®, unless recommended by a health care professional.


If the taste of Pedialyte® Unflavoured is a concern, Pedialyte® is also available in numerous other flavours and formats.

Can Pedialyte® and formula be mixed?

No, we do not recommend mixing Pedialyte® with formula. When Pedialyte® and formula are mixed together, the nutrient and mineral content of both would change, along with the osmolality.

Why does Pedialyte® need to be discarded after 48 hours?

Pedialyte® does not contain preservatives.
Once opened, bacteria could come into contact with the product from the air or through direct contact. Bacteria grows slowly at refrigerator temperatures, and over time the number of bacteria can become significant. These bacteria may cause another infection in those people already suffering from gastroenteritis.
Consider the Pedialyte® powder sticks if you require a smaller volume in a 48-hour period.
Click to learn more: Pedialyte® powder sticks.

Can I use Pedialyte® past the expiry date?

To ensure the highest quality, Abbott Nutrition does not recommend consuming any product after the expiry date. The vitamin content and the physical stability cannot be guaranteed beyond the expiry date, because both can decrease with time.

Can I give Pedialyte® to my pet dog or cat?

Always consult a veterinarian before administering any over-the-counter products to your pet.

† Mild to moderate dehydration.

‡ Following instructions for mixing Pedialyte® powder sticks.

  1. World Health Organization. Oral Rehydration Salts: Production of the new ORS, 2006.
  2. Leung A, Prince T. Oral rehydration therapy and early refeeding in the management of childhood gastroenteritis. Canadian Paediatric Society Nutrition and Gastroenterology Committee. Paediatr Child Health 2006;11(8):527-31.