pedialyte vs gatorade

Melissa - posted on 12/21/2014 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Help Pedialyte is so expensive. I've been told at a Walgreens pharmacy that all I have to do is water down Gatorade for my 2 yr old son.

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Sarah - posted on 12/21/2014

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Even kids that are very very active don't need Gatorade, or any sports drinks for that matter. Gatorade was developed by the trainer of a college football team. Those athletes were out in full uniform, in high heat and humidity for long practice hours. Unless you are a marathon runner or other ultra-high caliber athlete, you don't need it, period.
A child that is vomiting and becoming dehydrated, should not be drinking or eating until they reach a point when they can deep fluids down. Even then, ice chips, regular popsicles or jello is adequate.. I child with diarrhea as well, needs only water and light diet to restore hydration and nutrition. If your child is so dehydrated they need electrolyte replacement, that should be done under the supervision of a doctor. Probably intravenously.

Dove - posted on 12/21/2014

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Jodi is right. I was under the impression that you were asking because the doctor wants him to have Pedialyte for some reason... in which case if it is under a doctor's recommendation... Gatorade 50/50 is pretty much the same thing.

I would not be giving any 2 year old Gatorade often at all. My 6 year old gets it once a month or less as a 'treat'. My older two drink it a bit more often (sometimes)... but they are in gymnastics 4 hours/week... and surfing at least that much... if not double.. or more. lol Even they don't drink it 'regularly' though... mainly water.

Soda and sports drinks are both absolutely horrid for a person's teeth.

Jodi - posted on 12/21/2014

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It depends what you are giving it for. If it is because your child has diarrhea and you are rehydrating, then no, it isn't appropriate because the sugar and salt content can make things worse. If it is just for everyday activity, then pedialyte or gatorade aren't necessary anyway, you may as well just buy him soda, because the sugar content will do the same damage to his teeth.

Melissa - posted on 12/21/2014

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Thank you. He drinks Gatorade normally anyway. His father or i buy it once in a while

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