Pros: replaces needed minerals and fluid lost due to vomiting & diarrhea, comes in many flavors
Cons: some kids still won't drink it
My 8-month-old baby was sick a few weeks ago, and this drink was a godsend. My pediatrician was shocked that after 5 days of diarrhea and vomiting he hadn't become dehydrated. Why? Because he was able to drink Pedialyte unflavored liquid and keep it down.
Pedialyte liquid is what most pediatricians tell parents to give their kids when they have an upset stomach. It contains water, dextrose, potassium citrate, sodium chloride, citic acid and sodium citrate.
Curious, I pulled out a bottle of my soccer-player daughter's Gatorade and checked the ingredients: water, sucrose syrup, glucose-fructose syrup, citric acid, natural flavors, salt, sodium citrate. monopotassium phosphate, and a few other ingredients. But you can see that they do have ingredients in common.
Granted, the Gatorade provides a much higher level of these ingredients than the Pedialyte does, but the principal is the same: with Gatorade, an athlete is trying to replace fluids and minerals lost due to sweating during physical exertion.
Pedialyte replaces the fluids and minerals a child loses to an upset stomach which causes vomiting and/or diarrhea.
When my daughters were young they drank the Pedialyte easily, with no fuss. The liquid comes in grape, bubble gum, and cherry flavors as well as unflavored. Pedialyte pops which you can place in the freezer for your child to suck on comes in grape, cherry, orange and blue raspberry flavors. Sometimes you have to try different flavors or the pops instead of a drink to find what works, but the important thing is to try to keep your child from becoming dehydrated!!
A parent should have no more qualms about giving Pedialyte to their child than they would have about handing them a bottle of Gatorade.
© 2001 Patti Aliventi