Does Pedialyte go bad?

Jillian - posted on 01/05/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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Someone please give me a definitive answer as to why you shouldn't use Pedialyte after 48 hours? My little one occasionally has bouts of diarrhea on occasion and vomitting. Nothing serious. My pediatrician said we could give her Pedialyte (no flavor or sugar). I read on the bottle that it isn't good after 48 hours. No website...NOT EVEN THE PEDIALYTE SITE can tell me why I shouldn't use it after 48 hours? Is this a scam by the company to get more money? We have thrown out about $25 worth of Pedialyte.

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Jillian - posted on 01/08/2010

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I simply asked a question about a product. I didn't need any sarcasm. If you have nothing helpful or encouraging to say keep your comments to yourself. I am a new mom just reaching out to other moms for helpful suggestions. Be well and God Bless.

Tammy - posted on 01/05/2010

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Regardless of why it shouldn't be used, I agree, it is a complete waste of money to throw the rest of the bottle away. I recommend to parents to freeze it for later in an ice cube tray. Put the cubes in a freezer bag to store it. Then you can just take out what you need.

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Oh! Recently I found at Target & Babies-r-us single serve packets of pedialyte that you mix with water when you need them. I think they are more worried about things like bacteria growing in the solution. Electrolytes don't just vanish into thin air, if something has potassium in it ect, it should stay in it.

I tried to call them directly at 1-800-227-5767 but they were already closed for the day & what I got off their phone system didn't answer the question either. It seems they are worried about the "quality" of the product, what ever that means. I think they are going to tell you that they can't guarantee the quality of their product after 48hrs, that is what they seem to be saying about some of their other products.

Give them a call, you can speak to a live person there. You have me curious too.

Sharon - posted on 01/08/2010

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Omg its not that old pedialyte goes SOUR or foul. Its that the components that make it an electrolyte replacer STOP WORKING.



You can drink old pedialyte all you want but it is NO LONGER EFFECTIVE.

Alison - posted on 01/08/2010

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My sister buys a generic brand in freezie form. So they are small individual packs. The kids LOVE them frozen, or serve as a drink without the waste!

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Krystal - posted on 04/01/2011

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Out of curiosity, did you ever call during business hours? I have a bottle I just opened barely 72 hours ago, do I really need to throw it out? does pedialyte really go bad??

Amber - posted on 01/12/2010

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take her off dairy. maybe the diarrhea and vomitting will stop and you wont have to worry about the pedialyte. you would be surprised how many people are allergic to dairy. try it, it cant hurt!

Mary - posted on 01/08/2010

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Pedialyte replaces lost nutrients the body requires. When the body has replaced the required amount of nutrients the body will excrete the unused nutrients into the urine.

Carly - posted on 01/08/2010

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take your child to see a naturopath or homeopath they have natural remedies for illness my children used to have a similar thing they would just throw up for 24hrs then they were fine my father gave me a powder called neocare its a baby acidofulis helps their immune system build up to fight bugs

Andrea - posted on 01/08/2010

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You should look into possible allergies for your little one...perhaps his digestive system is too sensitive to a certain food or foods he is eating. Wheat allergies or lactose intolerance is something you could research....also look into the pros/cons of a gluten free diet. Just a little food for thought :) As far as the pedialyte thing... I have no clue if pedialyte goes bad, I used to wonder the same thing when my kids needed it. Good luck in your quest for answers!

GWEN - posted on 01/07/2010

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Maybe you should consider the milk.How old is the little one? Is the baby milk still been warm up before it feds?

Jessica - posted on 01/05/2010

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I really don't know why that is but I would guess it has something to do with the air getting to it, kinda like after a soda pop is exposed to the air for a while it will go flat. I think it is probably something along those lines. I always buy a small bottle of the pedialyte or I get the powder packets. My thought is you can always go buy more if you need it but I hate pouring it down the drain because we didn't use it in time. I know that is not really a definitive answer but I really don't know.

Sharon - posted on 01/05/2010

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Buy it in the powdered form.

Gerber used to have little single packets ... fricken AWESOME!!! I bought a dozen boxes. I used them for sick hamsters and sick kids... seriously fricken awesome.

Sharon - posted on 01/05/2010

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Every thing I have found on rehydrating drinks says the formulation is no longer going to work. I haven't found a scientific site that explains the process though... I miss my friend the chemist....

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I always assumed that it was because the electrolytes were no longer ''active'' after 48 hours after being exposed to air.

Krystal - posted on 04/01/2011

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Out of curiosity, did you ever call during business hours? I have a bottle I just opened barely 72 hours ago, do I really need to throw it out? does pedialyte really go bad??

Andrea - posted on 01/08/2010

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You should look into possible allergies for your little one...perhaps his digestive system is too sensitive to a certain food or foods he is eating. Wheat allergies or lactose intolerance is something you could research....also look into the pros/cons of a gluten free diet. Just a little food for thought :) As far as the pedialyte thing... I have no clue if pedialyte goes bad, I used to wonder the same thing when my kids needed it. Good luck in your quest for answers!

Jackie - posted on 01/07/2010

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Because Pedialyte does go bad, plain and simple. Would you feed bad milk to your child to save $5? Of course not so don't feed bad Pedialyte.

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