Pedialite instructions for use

Homemade Pedialyte sure is a popular topic! If you’re looking for more variations of these DIY Pedialyte recipes I wrote a follow-up post with even more details on how to make Pedialyte. It also has d Pedialyte recipes!

Ugh. My kids are two and three, and both of them were up all night last night with a terrible stomach bug.

Why does it seem like every time a child has gastroenteritis it’s absolutely the sickest he or she has ever been? The vomiting, and the resulting exhaustion and fussiness, makes for a very unhappy home.

At least I can make homemade Pedialyte at home to save money and save a trip to the drugstore!

This wasn’t our first run-in with a bad stomach bug, but I still wish I wasn’t able to say that I’m an experienced mom in this category!

There are different recommendations according to various doctors and sources, but If there’s one rule for stomach bugs I always try to remember, it’s this:

Don’t even think having little ones drink anything until they haven’t vomited for 2 hours. After that, we move on to ice chips or tiny sips of water. If they keep that down for 20 minutes, then they’re likely ready to start drinking more water electrolyte replacement drinks like Pedialyte or homemade Pedialyte.

Why is homemade Pedialyte (or any Pedialyte) important? It restores electrolytes from sodium chloride (salt) and other minerals that are lost during vomiting or diarrhea. Electrolytes help our cells absorb and retain fluid, so drinking a beverage that helps replace those electrolytes will rehydrate the body faster than drinking water alone.

I have two problems with real Pedialyte and the generic equivalents: It’s expensive and my kids just don’t like it!

I’ve bought several different forms and flavors of both generic and name-brand Pedialyte. Every time, my kids have had one sip and refused to drink any more. That’s why I was so happy to learn that I could make homemade Pedialyte!

I made a 1/2 batch of the first homemade Pedialyte recipe this morning and my kids drank it right down. I then made a second batch that they drank throughout the day.

I haven’t tried the other recipes below, but I wanted to include the alternatives so you can try variations to find one that your little ones will drink.

Note: scroll down to get a printable format of the first homemade pedialyte recipe.

How to make Homemade Pedialyte:

Homemade Pedialyte Recipe #1: 

  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Jello gelatin powder/mix, any flavor (I used cherry)

Instructions for homemade Pedialyte: Mix salt, sugar and Jello with hot water until dissolved. Stir into 3 1/2 cups of water and serve. Refrigerate up to 3 days.

Homemade Pedialyte Recipe #2

  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons sugar or honey (remember that babies can’t have honey until they’re at least 1 year old)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • optional: 1/2 packet unsweetened Kool-Aid

Instructions: Mix all ingredients together and serve. Refrigerate up to 3 days.

Homemade Pedialyte Recipe #3

  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup  orange juice

Instructions: Mix all ingredients together and serve. Refrigerate up to 3 days.

Your turn: Have you made homemade Pedialyte before? Share your recipe below!

Update: Be sure to check out my other post with an all-new list of homemade Pedialyte recipes and details on how to make Pedialyte!

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Homemade Pedialyte Recipe

Homemade Pedialyte recipe so you can learn how to make pedialyte at home!

  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Jello gelatin powder any flavor (I used cherry)
  1. Mix salt, sugar and Jello with hot water until dissolved.

  2. Stir into 3 1/2 cups of water and serve.

  3. Refrigerate up to 3 days.

  4. You can also freeze this into popsicles.

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United States Navy personnel distributing Pedialyte to victims of

Cyclone Sidr

in Bangladesh

Pedialyte is an oral electrolyte solution manufactured by Abbott Laboratories and marketed for use in children. It was invented by Dr. Gary Cohen of Swampscott, Massachusetts.


Pedialyte is designed to promote rehydration and electrolyte replacement in ill children. It “meets the requirements of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Nutrition to help prevent dehydration in infants and children.”

Pedialyte is lower in sugars than most sports drinks, containing 100 calories per liter compared to approximately 240 in Gatorade. It contains more sodium (1,035 milligrams per liter vs. 465 mg/L in Gatorade) and potassium (780 milligrams per liter vs. 127 mg/L in Gatorade). Pedialyte does not contain sucrose, because this sugar has the potential to make diarrhea worse by drawing water into the intestine, increasing the risk of dehydration. In its flavored formulations, Pedialyte uses the synthetic sweeteners sucralose and acesulfame potassium.

Pedialyte has become a hydration alternative to sports drinks for some athletes.

Pedialyte has become a popular drink for people suffering from hangovers, with one third of its sales coming from adults. There has been a 57% increase in its use by adults since 2012. As a result, Pedialyte has begun a marketing campaign promoting the use of Pedialyte by hungover adults.

Pedialyte is similar to rehydration fluids used by the World Health Organization (WHO) such as “New Oral Rehydration Solution” (N-ORS), that are used during the outbreak of illnesses such as cholera and rotavirus. Similar products include Lytren, NormaLyte, Gastrolyte, Ricelyte, Resol, and Drip Drop.

See also

  • Oral rehydration therapy
  • Electrolyte
  • Sports drink
  • Gatorade
  • Suero Oral


External links

  • Official site

Pedialyte can help when your child is suffering from diarrhea or vomiting, they are losing all of the vitamins and minerals they have consumed, causing their bodies to become dehydrated. Dehydration is a serious problem, especially in young babies. If a child under one year of age becomes dehydrated, it usually results in a trip to the emergency room to receive necessary fluids.

Can I Give My Baby Pedialyte? Answer: At One Year, If Needed

You should assess vomiting and diarrhea with caution. Sometimes, it may be that something they ate is not agreeing with them. Other times, they may have picked up a virus. And in the worst case scenario, it could be the sign of something more severe. You should always seek medical advice for continued vomiting and diarrhea in babies and small children.

You may find that if your child is vomiting or has diareah that giving them water alone is not helping or that they throw it back up again. When your child has lost fluid, it is important to replace it with something full of vitamins and nutrients to help rehydrate them more quickly. Pedialyte can help restore a child’s hydration levels.

What is Pedialyte?

Pedialyte is a product used to replace fluids and minerals lost due to diarrhea and vomiting. It is a solution which consists of a balance of salt, water and sugar. It replenishes fluids and electrolytes which were lost from the body due to vomiting and diarrhea. It also helps the intestines absorb water to prevent further dehydration.

What is Dehydration?

When we become dehydrated, our body becomes imbalanced. Water is moving out of the body more quickly than we can replace it through eating and drinking. If a body loses too much water it cannot function efficiently anymore. With the loss of fluids through diarrhea and vomiting the body also loses essential minerals. This can be very serious, especially in small children and babies.

How Do Children Become Dehydrated?

When a child or baby has diarrhea or vomiting they lose large amounts of fluid from their body. If the fluid loss is excessive it can lead to dehydration. In hot weather babies and children may also become easily dehydrated. Signs of dehydration include lethargy, going more than six hours without a wet diaper, dry mouth and sunken eyes.

When To Use Pedialyte

The uses are not only limited to replacing lost fluids from vomiting or diahrea. You can also give your child Pedialyte instead of juice or water on very hot days. If your child is out playing on a hot day, you should give them Pedialyte to stay hydrated. Pedialyte can also be given to children who have a fever, as the cold sweats from fevers can cause your child to also become dehydrated.

Pedialyte is not solely for babies. Older children and even adults can benefit from the electrolytes found in Pedialyte. It does not contain a great amount of sugar, so some older children and adults may not like the bland taste.

How can you take Pedialyte?

Pedialyte is sold in a liquid form, a powdered form or even in icy pole form. When you take pedialyte follow all directions from your doctor, pharmacist or the packaging. If you are uncertain about any of the information consult your doctor.

Liquid form – this should not me mixed or diluted with water. Shake the bottle well before each dose. The liquid form comes in unflavored and fruit flavored varieties.

Powdered form – mix the powder with water and directed and stir until completely dissolved.

Freezer pops – designed for older children and toddlers. Stored in the freezer made of pedialyte solution useful in summer to combat dehydration due to heat. Freezer pops may temporarily discolor the mouth after eating.


Pedialyte is like a baby form of Gatorade. It contains electrolytes that are important to replenish a dehydrated body. If your child is under one year of age, you need to consult with your child’s doctor to see how much and how often Pedialyte can be given. For children over one year of age, small amounts of Pedialyte can generally be given every four to six hours to ensure your child’s body is getting the necessary minerals to help them stay hydrated and feel better.

Dosage will be based on your child’s medical condition, your doctor’s advice and the response to the illness and treatment. As the condition improves move back onto bland foods, introducing regular diet gradually.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Consult your doctor before using this product if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What Is In Pedialyte?

A full ingredient list is available on the packaging, however you may find the following in pedialyte: Water, dextrose, citric acid, sodium chloride, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, potassium citrate, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, sucralose, and acesulfame potassium. natural and artificial flavor, FD&C Red No. 40, and FD&C Blue No. 1. Yellow No. 6

Allergies and Pedialyte

Allergic reaction to pedialyte is rare. Mild nausea and vomiting may occur when you begin taking the product, but this may be reduced by sipping slowly at the recommended dosage. The following side effects are unlikely, but if they occur consult a medical professional immediately. Dizziness, rash, itching, unusual weakness, swelling of feet or ankles, severe mood changes or seizures.

Speak with your doctor before consuming pedialyte if your child has existing allergies which may be affected by this product.

Where To Buy Pedialyte

This medication is available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Pedialyte can be purchased at grocery stores or pharmacies. It is available over the counter and comes in a variety of flavors. Pedialyte does contain a small amount of sugar, so most children do not have a problem consuming the sweet flavor. If your child does not seem to enjoy one flavor of Pedialyte, you can try a different flavor. It is also available online.

Storing Pedialyte

Store this product away from children at room temperature. Do not heat the product unless advised to do so by your doctor or the packaging advises its OK to do so.  When making a solution from powder any remaining unconsumed solution should be discarded after one hour. A solution made from powder and immediately refrigerated can be stored for up to 24 hours. When a solution form of the product is purchased it can be opened and stored in a refrigerator for up to 48 hours.


Do not drink fruit juice or consume additional sugar or salt when taking this product unless advised to do so by your doctor. If your child’s condition worsens or persists more than 24 hours seek medical advice.

If overdose is suspected contact emergency room or poison control immediately. US Residents : 1-800-222-1222. DIN (Drug Identification Number) 00630365 PEDIALYTE SOLUTION

Do not flush unused medicine down the sink or toilet.

Not a Medicine or a Cure

It is important to know that the use of Pedialyte will not stop your baby from having diarrhea or vomiting. It is not a medicine, and its use is solely to ensure your child does not become dehydrated from the constant diarrhea or vomit. Remember, it is not a cure for diarrhea, vomiting or fever and should not be used as a medicine.

As always, if you have questions about Pedialyte and its uses, it is best to consult with your child’s doctor. He or she will be able to discuss your concerns and answer your questions in more thorough detail.

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Proposed changes.

A few changes that I think are in order:

  • A sc parameter should be supported, for when the link text isn’t in the Latin script. (Technically an editor can already do this with something like {{pedialite|lang=he|2={{Hebr|ענן}}}}, but that’s ugly and error-prone.)
  • Currently, the sidebar link always says “Wikipedia”, even if it’s linking to an article on a non-English Wikipedia. It would be a pain to make it say something in the target language, but at least it could say something like “Wikipedia (Hebrew)” or “Hebrew Wikipedia” or “The Hebrew Wikipedia” or something. (I really don’t have a preference between those three options.)
  • It would be nice if, in specifying the link target, we had {{#if:{{{1|}}}|{{{1}}}|{{PAGENAME}}}} instead of {{{1|{{PAGENAME}}}}}. That way, something like {{pedialite||text}} would work properly (instead of linking to
  • It would be nice if the link text had {{{2|{{ucfirst:…}}}}} instead of {{ucfirst:{{{2|…}}}}}, since sometimes Wikipedia has articles whose titles are displayed with initial lowercase letters, such as w:eBay, and it should be possible for us to display those titles properly. (I’m not sure how often this comes up, but we might as well support it.) Actually, for that matter, we might want to get rid of that {{ucfirst:…}} entirely; I’m not sure that it’s worthwhile to ensure that the link to w:Cloud must read “Cloud” instead of “cloud”.
  • It seems like the leading * should be in the entry code, not the template code.
  • I don’t see why the template should close an existing unordered-list. If this is possible without breaking the sidebar-link support, it seems that the entire template should fit in a single list item. (If it’s not possible without breaking that, then never mind; it’s not a huge deal.)

—RuakhTALK 04:22, 9 November 2007 (UTC)

There is no reason at all why the span has to be on a separate line and separated by a blank line. No idea why someone did that! Other things are all good. It is kinda nice that it tries to produce the correct uc title, but it should allow {{pedialite|eBay|eBay}} to link and display properly. So using the 2nd parameter unmodified as you say is good, but I’d still uc it if it defaults to {1} or {PAGENAME} Robert Ullmann 08:52, 9 November 2007 (UTC) O.K., thanks. 🙂 —RuakhTALK 16:29, 9 November 2007 (UTC) Between your edit and mine, mostly fixed. Robert Ullmann 13:29, 13 November 2007 (UTC)

Wording change proposal

As this template is for External links, or See also sections, the wording is out of place. The fact that Wikipedia has an article is not the same as saying that more information can be found by clicking on the link.

I would like to change this template to one of the following:

instead of

  • (The German) Wikipedia has an article on “Cat”.

So that the flow of meaning is more consistent. I have intentionally removed the link from Wikipedia, I don’t think that is necessary anymore. I have also intentionally removed the quote marks, as the emboldening suffices to remove the literal meaning of the word. In both of the examples the words in brackets are intended to be removed for links to the English Wikipedia. Conrad.Irwin 14:57, 23 May 2008 (UTC)

That makes sense to me; and, likewise with all the other {{PL:*}} templates. —RuakhTALK 18:35, 23 May 2008 (UTC) Oh, but if we’re not going to be linkifying the project names, maybe we should include their tag-lines, like:

  • Cat on (the Spanish) Wikipedia, the free (Spanish) encyclopedia.

 ? —RuakhTALK 18:42, 23 May 2008 (UTC)


I would propose to style this template more like the R: templates, in particular {{R:American Heritage 2000}} and others. This would fit in better in reference sections. H. (talk) 15:57, 11 January 2009 (UTC)

See {{R:W}}. —RuakhTALK 01:21, 14 February 2009 (UTC)

Deletion debate

The following information passed a request for deletion.

This discussion is no longer live and is left here as an archive. Please do not modify this conversation, but feel free to discuss its conclusions.


  • Template:PL:versity
  • Template:PL:source
  • Template:PL:species

etc. are all redundant to {{wikipedia}}, {{wikiversity}}, {{wikisource}}, {{wikispecies}}. What should be done about these templates? TeleComNasSprVen 00:35, 7 October 2010 (UTC)

  • Keep all. One could just as well say that {{wikipedia}} and so on are redundant to these. 😉   It’s kind of funny: the nomination just above this one is trying to eliminate a box template on the grounds that it’s bulky and redundant to a one-liner, and here you’re trying to the reverse. Though in your defense, the interproject boxes and interproject one-liners are actually equivalent, or nearly so. —RuakhTALK 00:47, 7 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Keep. I might support deleting {{wikipedia}} et al, however, because in combination with other right-hand side elements, they cause IE to display a great blank spot. —Internoob (Disc•Cont) 01:50, 7 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Keep all, per Internoob, I’d be more likely to support deleting wikipedia (etc.) as it’s boxy and causes spacing problems. Up till now I think we’ve always considered to spacing problems to be offset by the value of the template. Still, I use {{pedia}} not {{wikipedia}}. Mglovesfun (talk) 11:05, 7 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Keep ’em, per the other keepers.​—msh210℠ (talk) 17:35, 22 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Comment: These templates were never tagged with {{rfd}}. I’ve now tagged them.​—msh210℠ (talk) 17:38, 22 October 2010 (UTC)

Kept all.​—msh210℠ (talk) 16:29, 10 November 2010 (UTC)

Optional italics

Could this be fitted with an optional “i” parameter so that italics could be specified for the taxonomic names that are supposed to appear in italics? The kinds of names are all virus names and all taxonomic names at the rank of genus and below. Special (manual for now) provision needs to be made for names that include “subsp.”, “var.”, “morph”/”morpha”, “subg.”, and similar.

The same need applies to {{specieslite}}, {{pedia}}/{{pedialite}}, {{commonslite}}, {{wikispecies}}, {{wikipedia}}, {{commons}}, and {{commonscat}}.

I could try to do this myself, but my template foo is weak, the template architecture is more complicated than I understand, and the templates are widely transcluded. I am doing this for various “reference” templates used for taxon names, which are both simpler in architecture and less widely transcluded. DCDuring TALK 17:56, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

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