Vomiting and Diarrea-Pedialyte

Pedialyte is a commercial solution which contains clear liquids, sugar and salts, and is used to replace lost body fluids due to vomiting and diarrhea.  It is usually sold in the grocery store or pharmacy in the formula section.  It is preferrable to juice, soft drinks and sports drinks because it is closer to natural body fluid compostion.

For infants under one year of age who are vomiting, Pedialyte is given in small quantities (spoonfuls up to one ounce) every 20 minutes for the first hour.  If tolerated, the quantity can be gradually increased up to 4 ounces.  Once there has been no vomiting for about 4 hours, the diet may be advanced to foods usually consumed.  If a baby is breast fed, continue to nurse, but offer shorter more frequent feedings.  Formula should not be given until there has been no vomiting for 24 hours.

For infants with diarrhea, offer several ounces of Pedialyte after each loose stool.

For toddlers, follow the same instructions using larger quantities of Pedialyte.