In a message dated 4/24/1999 8:41:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> The subject of Gatorade vs. Pedialyte came up on a "Mom's" list that I am
> After a day's worth of discussion on this topic, we found that there were
> many different
> opinion's coming from pediatricians on which is better.
I'm surprised that there is a difference of opinion from pediatricians about
the use of pedialyte vs. gatorade. Gatorade is made to replace sweat losses
in athletes. The concentrations of sodium and sugar are not correct for kids
with vomiting and diarrhea. Pedialyte is best for either of those. Gatorade
tastes better, but it's really not the right thing to use. I often tell moms
to flavor the pedialyte with a little (emphasize LITTLE) gatorade, or
something else the child likes, to improve the taste. Or try Kao-Lectrolyte,
which tastes better, and the pedialyte freezer pops, which are also better
than the liquid.
Moshe Adler, MD