Pedialyte is a safe and effective way to hydrate your baby if he or she is not drinking enough fluids. Oral rehydration solutions (ORS) are available over the counter at most drugstores, grocery stores, and pharmacies.
Pedialyte is made of water, potassium, sugar, and artificial flavors. It is available in powder form or in a ready-to-drink bottle.
What Is Pedialyte?
Pedialyte is a rehydrating product designed to combat dehydration during sickness, travel, heat, or strenuous exercise. Pedialyte is available as a powder or liquid and comes in different flavors such as mango, strawberry, and orange.
It is typically administered by drinking one or two cups of the solution every few hours. Pedialyte can be used to treat mild cases of dehydration, but should be used as a replacement for fluids if the kid has severe diarrhea or vomiting.
Pedialyte is available in a variety of tastes and formats. They are as follows:
- Pedialyte Classic: This is a liquid that comes in a variety of flavours or is flavourless. It works by replenishing depleted zinc and electrolytes. It’s also available in powder form.
- Pedialyte AdvancedCare: AdvancedCare aims to keep you hydrated while you’re unwell. It contains PreActiv Prebiotics, which help to maintain a healthy gut equilibrium. It comes in both liquid and powder form.
- Pedialyte AdvancedCare Plus has the same PreActiv Prebiotics as the AdvancedCare series, but with 33% more electrolytes. This makes it more efficient than the previous two.
- Pedialyte Sparkling Rush Powder: This powder comprises simply tastes and no colouring. It has an appropriate combination of sugar and electrolytes to effectively prevent dehydration.
- Pedialyte Freezer Pops: These are Pedialyte packages that you freeze and consume like a Popsicle. They are not, however, suggested for babies.
When Can It Be Used Without Risk?
There are a few different schools of thought regarding the precise age at which one can begin utilising Pedialyte. However, there are some physicians who advocate for providing it to infants as early as three months old.
Before providing Pedialyte to a child younger than one year old, you should always check with their pediatrician first.
Although Pedialyte can be consumed in reasonable amounts without risk, the recommended dosage should not be taken flippantly. Even if you’re infant like the flavor, you shouldn’t give it to them as a reward because they shouldn’t be spoiled.
Why Should a Baby Be Given Pedialyte?
To a much lesser extent than being the result of something they consumed, diarrhea and vomiting in infants are almost always caused by viruses. It’s possible that in certain instances, it’s a sign of something far more serious.
A significant amount of fluid can be lost when an individual is ill. It is fairly unusual for babies to reject either breast milk or formula when they are first born. They, too, feel nausea, gassiness, and cramps, which can make it difficult for them to eat, much like larger children and adults.
Your child could easily get dehydrated in a short amount of time. To minimize further difficulties, it is imperative that they be rehydrated as soon as humanly possible. Pedialyte is an excellent remedy for the problem.
Pedialyte is an effective treatment for dehydration brought on by illness because it contains fluid, electrolytes, and sugar. It’s possible that your newborn will have an easier time digesting this liquid, particularly if they’re going through the vomiting phase of their illness.
However, if your child is experiencing stomach issues like diarrhoea or vomiting, you shouldn’t automatically assume that giving them Pedialyte would help them feel better. Pedialyte is not a treatment or a medicine, despite the fact that it can assist in replenishing the body.
Giving Pedialyte to Formula-Fed Infants
Giving pedialyte to formula-fed infants is a common practice to help them stay hydrated. Pedialyte is a type of salt water that is a better alternative to breast milk or formula because it does not contain glucose, which can cause spikes in blood sugar levels in adults.
Formula-fed infants usually don’t need much fluid until they can keep fluids down on their own, so giving them pedialyte right away may not be necessary. However, if the infant has diarrhea or vomiting, then giving them pedialyte may help alleviate their symptoms faster.
It is preferable to stop giving newborns who are being formula fed until they are able to keep fluids down on their own. Pedialyte should be given to bottle-fed infants in the same manner as breast milk: in frequent, modest doses of 0.15 to 0.3 fluid ounces administered with a teaspoon or syringe every five minutes.
During the diarrheal phase of an illness, switching your newborn from formula milk to cow’s milk to one made with soy milk is typically helpful.
If you are concerned that your infant might start throwing up again, you should feed the formula to him or her on a spoon. This ensures that they only take modest amounts, which can assist in preventing their stomach from rejecting it.
Side-Effects to Pedialyte for babies
Parents who are considering giving their newborn baby Pedialyte may want to be aware of the potential side-effects. Side-effects can include problems with feeding, such as refusing to breastfeed or having difficulty digesting solid food. In some cases, babies may also have trouble breathing. If any of these problems occur, parents should seek medical attention.
The following is a list of some of the most serious adverse reactions that may be caused by Pedialyte:
- Dizziness (not easy to spot in infants)
- Swelling in feet and ankles
- Alterations in mood (they may be difficult to soothe one minute, and a breeze the next)
How do I give Pedialyte to a baby?
Spoon or syringe Pedialyte should be given at a rate of one tablespoon (15 ml) every five minutes.
If you notice that your infant is peeing less frequently than usual, you may want to consider giving the infant a little amount of an electrolyte solution in the brief interval between breast-feedings (6 to 24 hours).
Please wait at least 8 hours before giving your child any medicine by mouth.