GATORADE FOR DEHYDRATION?

Melissa - posted on 06/09/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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MY 20 MONTH OLD HAD SOME DIAREHHA AND I AM AFRAID OF DEHYDRATION BUT AT THIS MOMENT DONT HAVE ANY PEDALIGHT IN THE HOUSE.. I WAS THINKING WATERED DOWN GATORADE.. ANY OPINIONS? AND PLEASE BE NICE!

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Nikki - posted on 06/09/2010

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Ive been giving my son gatorade since 6 months, he likes it better then pedyialite and Ive been told by several doctors that its just the same as pedyialite.........it just tastes less sweet which my son loves

Iridescent - posted on 06/09/2010

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Here is an actual comparison between the two. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedialyte
Pedialyte contains artificial sweeteners. "Pedialyte also uses the controversial synthetic sweeteners sucralose and acesulfame potassium." Gatorade contains the sugar, which I personally prefer to the synthetic sweeteners, but it really does depend on what the situation is specifically.

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If you're concerned you can call your doctor. My cousin was recently ill and his mom gave him water. He ended up have a seizure and the doctors said next time to give some gatorade for the electrolytes. Hope your little one feels better soon!

Claire - posted on 06/09/2010

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Our pediatrician said Pedialyte is usually only for kids less than a year and a half because it tends to taste too salty to the older babies. She said to use Gatorade, but keep track of how much we give the kids and balance it with water.

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I was told 50/50 w/ water is fine. Straight might be ok, but I probably wouldn't at that age.



If you are just trying to ward off dehydration I'd give the child the drink, but if you are concerned that your baby is ALREADY dehydrated... Call the doc or go in right away.

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Nikki - posted on 06/09/2010

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artificial sweetner is SOOOOOO much worse for baby and adults. I never read the ingrediants in pedyialite, now that I know its sweetner we are steering clear from that altogether

Rose - posted on 06/09/2010

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No food for a while. Any liquid except milk products will be fine until you get the pedialite. Hope baby feels fine or else to the Dr we go. Rose

Tracy - posted on 06/09/2010

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My dr always told me Gatorade or Powerade were fine to give the kids, since mine hate pedialyte. I'd alternate, though. A cup of Gatorade, then a cup of water. It does have a lot of sodium, which over a long period or in large quantities can cause problems with the kidneys. Diarrhea shouldn't last too long, if it does then off to dr you need to go.

Good luck

Iridescent - posted on 06/09/2010

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Safe ounces per day of Pedialyte - http://pedialyte.com/dehydration.aspx?se...

Electrolyte content of Pedialyte - http://www.drugs.com/mmx/pedialyte.html
Electrolyte content of Gatorade - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gatorade - remember to add up all the sodiums in Pedialyte when comparing to Gatorade, and same for Potassiums, as they are merged in the Gatorade graph.

Gatorade is lower in electrolytes, so less likely to cause an electrolyte shift if he/she drinks too much. But if the child is severely ill, take them to the hospital.

Iridescent - posted on 06/09/2010

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Gatorade without being watered down is acceptable, actually. The sugar content has been reduced in the past year as so many parents are using it for rehydration for ill children in place of Pedialyte. Don't give too much in a 24 hour period though, because either Gatorade or Pedialyte in too high of quantities can throw off electrolytes.

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