Can a 15 month old have gatoriad?

Tara - posted on 02/02/2011 ( 37 moms have responded )

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I have a 15month old daughter and she love Gatoraid, but I wonder, can she have that? I tried it once when we were out of juice and it was a bad stormy day and she loves it just want to make sure it is ok she keeps on having it besides juice, now she has both.

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Krista - posted on 02/03/2011

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i was just stating some facts and again, everything we eat and drink has sodium, sugar and chemicals/perservative in it, just look at the food we eat.

Wouldn't that be all the MORE reason to try to limit that stuff as much as possible if you can, due to her already getting sodium and sugar from other sources?

Using your logic, it would be like me saying that my toddler already gets sugar from his applesauce and his milk, so screw it, I might as well give him some Pepsi and be done with it.

If she only takes Gatorade and juice, I would at least recommend watering them down to half-strength. It'll be much easier on her kidneys, and will reduce her sugar intake even further.

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When I said it wouldn't be too bad on occasion.... I was referring to maybe a couple times/month. I wouldn't even let my 9 year olds have it much more often than that.

Just wanted to clarify my opinion a bit. I don't care what the doctor says... once a day for a baby is WAY too much. Water and milk should be at least 90% of their daily beverages at that age. Won't drink water? Putting a 'splash' (like one ounce juice to 5-7 ounces water) of juice w/ it is ok... but if you have to do that to every cup of water.... additional cups of juice would be too much.

Kate CP - posted on 02/03/2011

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Whatever. I'm not allowed to disagree with something because you think it's "not the place for it"? Fine. Give your kid gatorade if you want.

Tara - posted on 02/03/2011

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No she won't drink water and I am not annoyed or upset that people are disagreeing with me, I was upset because Kate was trying to fight with Mandy about it and this is not the place for that, that is all I was saying, reread it if you want and you can see I was never annoyed about anyone opinion, i was just stating some facts and again, everything we eat and drink has sodium, sugar and chemicals/perservative in it, just look at the food we eat. And I have tried other things, the only things she will take is that and some juice, not much, she will never drink much and like what Mandy said, it is better she is hydrated than dehydrated. And she has been having it for a few weeks now and she is still has heathy as a horse just now she seems to drink better.

Krista - posted on 02/03/2011

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I don't really understand why you're getting annoyed that people are disagreeing with you about giving your baby Gatorade. In your own words, you put this up to see what other people thought. They're telling you what they think. And when you ask people for their thoughts, they're not always going to agree with you.

But, it is your child, and if you feel that giving her Gatorade is a good thing, and if your doctor okayed it, then that's your business. But were I in your shoes, I'd be trying other ways to quench her thirst instead.

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Tara - posted on 02/03/2011

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I am not upset about people disagreeing with me, if I was, why did I thank before both people who agreed and disagreed with me for their great advice? I am tired of hearing people telling me today how I feel, only I know. Now this ends here.

Stifler's - posted on 02/03/2011

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No I think you are upset that people are disagreeing. Kids don't need sports drinks. They don't even need juice. If they do it's like 1 serving a day.

Tara - posted on 02/03/2011

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Krista, I will try the half strength thing and I didn't mean it as it came across, I was just trying to state that of all the things she eats and drinks, that has the least amount of sodium. I picked up some juice, new flavors and will try what you said Teresa, thank you for the advice, both of you.

Tara - posted on 02/03/2011

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You can disagree, I was never against that, what I was upset about is you were trying to fight about it with Mandy when she said nothing wrong, was just asking you something and you came back with an attitude about it and like she said, she is not fighting over it and it is not the place for it. People really need to read stuff better.

Krista - posted on 02/03/2011

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Yuck. A 15-month old really shouldn't even be having much in the way of juice, and she DEFINITELY shouldn't be having Gatorade. It's loaded with sodium and sugar and chemicals, and has absolutely NO nutritional value whatsoever.

Does she not drink water?

Tara - posted on 02/03/2011

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Mandy, you make a good point, it is not worth arguing over, this place is not meant for arguing or talking down someone but to help each other. Kate, it has sodium in it, you are right there, but do you see how much? Only 100 mg, for every 8oz of it which isan't much sodium. I have to watch my sodium intake because I have high blood pressure and if that was bad or had too much sodium in it my dr would tell me not to drink it. It actually has less sodium then spagetti O's which my daughter loves which has 700mg. Almost EVERYTHING you eat and drink except for fresh fruit and vegetables and water has sodium of some amount in them. Heck, the food kids eat has more sodium in it then 3 glass of gatoraid. She is lucky if she has one glass a day which is a lot less sodium than all her meals throughout the day. Milk, whole milk, which drs say is great for growing children, has more sodium in it, 125mg, per 8oz. And yes, it has sugar in it, a lot to some people but not as much as other things she has and she stays away from sweets so I would happily give her that over sweets, soda and koolaid. If it was so bad for her to have, why would the DR OK it? And as a mom I would know if it was bad or not, you know things about your kids and how they take to things. I put this up for advice, to see what others thought. If i knew it would turn into this I never would have.

Tara - posted on 02/03/2011

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Emma, she seems to have no problem with it and the doctor said it is ok to give it to her, that she is old enough and it is more important that she stay hydrated than dehydrated which can do a lot worse and since she is a picky eater and drinker I give her what works.

Melissa - posted on 02/03/2011

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I just found some info it is definately used to rehydrate quickly. if you drink too much it is too much sodium but if you use just enough to rehydrate then it is fine And I KNOW it was used because she was dehydrated. It is used to rehydrate quickly my daughter got to the stage of having mottled skin and all the signs of dehydration

Kate CP - posted on 02/03/2011

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Where did I get the idea that it dehydrates you? Because it's full of sodium! Sodium DEHYDRATES you!



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The hospital gave it to your daughter to replace glucose and electrolytes she lost NOT to rehydrate her. There is too much sodium and sugar in gatorade to rehydrate a person adequately.

Melissa - posted on 02/02/2011

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Emma, I wouldnt give it just as a daily drink not often anyway maybe as a treat but I guess what I meant was that it was used for the sole purpose of rehydrating for us so that was our reason our daughter didnt know how to drink or eat enough to maintain herself.

Tara - posted on 02/02/2011

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I agree with you Mandy, my DR said it was ok for her to drink it too, that it is just as good as pedialyte and unlike pedialyte you can give it to them rather they are dehydrated or not

Melissa - posted on 02/02/2011

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glad you got it sorted. Kate where did you get the idea that it is dehydrating? I was told by the hospitals they use a substance that is exactly the same as power aid or gatoraid to rehydrate. We used it on a few occasions when our daughter was less then 18 months old

Tracy - posted on 02/02/2011

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I use Gatorade instead of Pedialyte when my kids are sick. And I dilute it. Mine won't touch the Pedialyte. Our dr said it was ok, since I use it sparingly and when they're sick it's just important to keep fluids up. Once in a while I'll let them have some in the summer if we're playing hard outside.

Tara - posted on 02/02/2011

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I ended up calling the Dr and they said for her age it is fine, since she has only 4-8 ounces and that is all

Lise - posted on 02/02/2011

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Gatoraid and poweraid are horrible for you. You are better off giving you baby mountain dew ( I am not suggesting giving a baby soda). They are both loaded with sugar and color. Gatoraid also is loaded with sodium which can screw up your childs heart and muscles. Just stick to fruit juice, milk, or water. The doctors don't even recommend gatoraid when a child is sick, they say pedialyte because it contains way less sugar. That is why most kids prefer gatoraid. It like soda will also rot teeth.

Alison - posted on 02/02/2011

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Pedialyte is fine when your child is sick. It is not a great idea to give it to your child on a regular basis. Adults should not drink Gatorade regularly unless they are working out vigourously. The same should be true for children.

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There is nothing good about Gatorade for any age...it's loaded with sugar and artificial color. There are many other better products out there that are natural and healthier, especially for such a young age.

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On super rare occasion and in a very small amount it wouldn't be too bad... also mixed 50/50 w/ water, but aside from the excess sugar and salt issue... our dentist says it is as bad (or worse) on the teeth as soda!

Kate CP - posted on 02/02/2011

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Gatorade will actually dehydrate you, not rehydrate you. It has a ton of sodium and carbs in it. If she's thirsty give her water.

Chelsea - posted on 02/02/2011

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my daughter loves powerade, but we water it down and she only gets it when we go out to Mc donalds. they both have very high sodium amounts so just watch the quantity and i suggest diluting it. Its a lot better then soda, it isnt ging to hurt on occasion and when there sick the extra electrolytes are a good thing. the difference between pedialyte and gaterorade is that pedialyte, is diluted with water compared to the strenght of gaterorade and since its not for athletes who are sweating it has less sodium.

Tara - posted on 02/02/2011

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Thanks you guys, I am just confused because some say it is ok while others say it is not and everyone says it is like pedialyte and that is ok for them and the dr always says when she is sick to make sure she gets liquids and she will take that but never pedialyte.

JuLeah - posted on 02/02/2011

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It has a lot of sugar and other chemicals .... her little liver will have to work overtime filtering all of that out of her blood and sugar/chemicals mess with her body's natural chemicals/hormones, so I'd not give that to her

Elizabeth - posted on 02/02/2011

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sure..why not? I have 2 kids and a 3rd on the way and I don't limit their liquid intake ..but I do stay away from sugary drinks when possible. They are a treat.

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