As always, be sure to talk with your doctor if you have additional questions and follow your doctor’s recommendations and specific instructions.
‡ Please note that the information provided on this website or by our nutrition specialists is intended for Canadian residents and is not meant to replace any advice from your health care professional.
Pedialyte® is an oral electrolyte solution that is specifically designed to replace vital minerals and nutrients that are lost when a child has diarrhea with or without vomiting. Pedialyte® is effective because it contains only a small amount of sugar (glucose) that is balanced with appropriate levels of minerals (electrolytes). In general, common household beverages such as sports drinks, sodas, and juices are too high in sugar and too low in sodium—an important electrolyte that is lost during diarrhea and vomiting.
Q. Where can I get Pedialyte®?
Pedialyte® is available in most retail and pharmacy locations.
Q. Where in the store can I find Pedialyte®?
Typically, Pedialyte® is located in the baby/toddler aisle, but some retail locations stock it in the pharmacy as well.
Q. Why does the Pedialyte® label say, “For infants under 2 years of age, consult your doctor.”?
This recommendation is intended to assure the proper evaluation and treatment plan for infants who take Pedialyte®. A baby is at much greater risk of 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.
Q. Can I mix Pedialyte® with formula?
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. The mixture could also become clumpy and hard for your baby to drink.
Q. 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 with your health care professional to determine the best course of action for your child.
Q. Can I mix Pedialyte® with water? Apple juice? Ginger ale?
is ready to use, therefore no mixing or dilution is necessary. Pedialyte®
's specific blend of minerals and nutrients contains appropriate and balanced amounts of sugars and electrolytes in a particular quantity of fluid. This formulation is important for maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance in children who have abnormal losses, such as can happen with diarrhea. If other fluids are added, the quantities and ratios of electrolytes and sugars 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 fluids 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 fruit and grape flavours‡‡
. Also, Pedialyte®
Freezer Pops come in Grape, Blue Raspberry, Cherry, and Orange.
‡‡ Natural and artificial flavours.
Q. Why does Pedialyte® need to be discarded in 48 hours?
Once Pedialyte® is opened, environmental microorganisms can potentially come into contact with the product from the air or from direct contact. For example, if someone touches the surface from which the product is poured, any bacteria on the person's hands can be transferred to the product. This is called touch contamination. The bacteria grow slowly at refrigerator temperatures, but over time, the amount of bacteria can become significant. Children with gastroenteritis are at increased risk of a second infection from these bacteria as their immune system is already working to fight the gastroenteritis.
Q. 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) which keeps the pops from freezing solid (like ice cubes) and allows them to be more "bite-able". Pedialyte® liquid does not contain this ingredient.
Q. Why are sweeteners added to Pedialyte®? Why not just add sugar to make it sweeter?
Pedialyte® contains the quantity and ratio of sugar (glucose) and minerals (electrolytes) recommended by the Canadian Paediatric Society. This precise balance of sugar and electrolytes makes Pedialyte® effective in the management, treatment, and prevention of dehydration due to diarrhea with or without vomiting. The presence of a small amount of sugar enhances water absorption. However, adding extra sugar to Pedialyte® may make diarrhea worse by drawing water into the intestine, increasing the risk of dehydration. Adding sweeteners makes Pedialyte® taste good without the risks of adding sugar. Without added sweeteners, Pedialyte® is not sweet enough for many children to drink. When Pedialyte® tastes good, children drink enough of it to maintain hydration and replace needed minerals when they have diarrhea and vomiting.
Q. How much Pedialyte® should I give my child? How often should I give my child Pedialyte®?
For infants under 2 years of age, consult your doctor. For children 2 years and older, begin with small frequent sips every 15 minutes, increasing serving size as tolerated. Continue for as long as diarrhea is present. To maintain proper hydration, 1 to 2 litres of Pedialyte® may be needed per day. Consult your doctor if vomiting, fever, or diarrhea continues beyond 24 hours or if consumption needs are greater than 2 litres per day. Pedialyte® Freezer Pops are not for use for children under 1 year of age.
Q. If my child won’t drink Pedialyte®, can I give her/him a sports drink? Why is Pedialyte® a better choice than sports drinks, sodas, or juices when a child needs to be rehydrated?
Often, a child needs to be rehydrated after diarrhea. Drinks that contain too much sugar, like sports drinks, sodas, or juices, can draw water into the intestine, making diarrhea worse and increasing the risk of dehydration. Pedialyte® contains an effective balance of sugar (glucose) and minerals (electrolytes), helping to prevent dehydration during diarrhea and vomiting. This balance in glucose and minerals is not found in sports drinks, sodas, or juices.
Q. How many grams of sugar/carbohydrates are in this product?
The sugar/carbohydrate used in Pedialyte®, which is an ingredient called dextrose, is listed below, per formulation.
||25 g per Litre
|Pedialyte® Freezer Pops
||25 g per Litre (1.6 g per 62.5 mL Freezer Pop)
Q. What are the amounts, in milligrams, of sodium, potassium, and chloride in Pedialyte®?
The approximate sodium, potassium, and chloride amounts in Pedialyte®
are listed below.
|64.8 mg per Freezer Pop (62.5 mL)
||48.8 mg per Freezer Pop (62.5 mL)
||77.8 mg per Freezer Pop (62.5 mL)
|1037 mg per litre
||780 mg per litre
||1244 mg per litre
Q. 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 enough carbohydrates for someone with diabetes, especially if insulin is being used. Parents of children with diabetes should check with their pediatrician for specific guidelines on using Pedialyte®.
Q. Does Pedialyte® help stop diarrhea and vomiting?
No. Pedialyte® is not indicated to stop diarrhea and vomiting, but it does help prevent the dehydration that can occur as a result of these symptoms. Unlike sugary sports drinks, juices, and sodas, which can make diarrhea even worse, Pedialyte® is formulated with a special balance of sugar (glucose) and minerals (electrolytes), which promotes rehydration.
Q. Can I use Pedialyte® past the expiration date?
Abbott has systematic monitoring in place to assure our products are of the highest quality. Our products are stamped with an expiry date, which can be found on the container. Abbott does not recommend consuming any product after the expiry date listed on each package.