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Anyone know how old your baby has to be in order to drink Pedialyte? Seth-6mth isn't keeping anything down, and the pediatrician's office is closed. THougth I'd ask y'all before schlepping us all to the walk in clinic. (His only other sympton is massive amounts of clear snot. I'm bulb syringe-ing that out. Ew.)

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Maria Said:

If I remember right 6 months is not too young. I believe I have my daughter Pedialyte at six months.

Does your ped office have a nurse on call that you could call?

on May 12, 2006 1:48:54 PM
Heth Said:

I have no idea. Poor little guy. Give him a squeeze from Heth.

on May 12, 2006 1:49:43 PM
jeana Said:

If that's your only question, surely you could call the doctor's answering service. There should be someone on call that could answer your question.

That being said, I've never met a child who would drink pedialyte. I always gave them watered down gatorade.

on May 12, 2006 2:17:42 PM
angie Said:

i've given pedialyte to my kids as early as they could take it to keep fluids in them when they've had stomach bugs. you probably already know this, but the supposedly tasteless clear version tastes disgusting. and you can buy a cheaper version of pedialyte at wallymarts (called parents choice). both my kids (2 years and 9 months) just had that 24 hour stomach bug last weekend...nasty bug and i'm still trying to get the smell of, well you know what, out of the minivan. i feel for you, holymama! i'd run the half full bottle of pedialyte that's still in my fridge from last weekend, if you lived next door...ah well, the internet can't do everything yet. maybe one day we'll be able to transport things like they did in those old star trek episodes...until then...

on May 12, 2006 2:18:12 PM
Diane Said:

Pedialyte® Oral Electrolyte Maintenance Solution — the #1 pediatrician recommended solution to prevent dehydration due to diarrhea or vomiting. Pedialyte is specially formulated for infants and children to quickly replace lost fluid.

From http://www.pedialyte.com/

Does INFANT suggest it would be o.k. for a six month old?

My youngest is 14...I know more about Gatorade!!!


on May 12, 2006 2:18:40 PM
Shalee Said:

I had the same thing for my son at that age and the doc recommended the walmart pedialyte. You can always call ask-a-nurse too. I'm praying that God will heal your little fellow ASAP!

on May 12, 2006 2:39:47 PM
Traci Said:

Your local pharmacist should be able to tell you. I'd give them a call.

on May 12, 2006 2:57:17 PM
Michelle Said:

My babies pedialyte mixed with either apple juice or gatorade whatever they would take, but also my American Academy of Pediatrics book recomends "If your child vomits after drinking, teh best course is an hour or two with no food or fluids - not even water" Sometimes the body has just got to get out what it needs to get out. Worry only if the vomiting continues for more than 6 hours.
Being in Mexico with two under two I got tierd of this panic! Thier pediatriction is a two hour drive away! The doctor here is fine in emergencys but is quick to medicate with stuff i don't think is really nessesary. So I got myself books. Your ped should have a 24hour nurce # or something somewhere. Mostly though when I've called a nurce on call they say- bring them in.

on May 12, 2006 3:15:18 PM
Blaine Said:

Pedia-lyte is fine for a 6 month old baby. I just got finished giving it to my new baby from Ethiopia. She is 8 months now, but she only weighs 14.5 pounds.

Gerber also makes something called Kao-lectolyte packets. They are basically just dehydrated pedia-lyte, but they taste like apple juice. My daughter was far more willing to drink the Gerber stuff. We learned about them from a doctor that specializes in adoption medicine. Diarrhea and dehydration are huge issues in internationally adopted kids.

I have also had some luck giving my kids the Pedia-lyte popsicles. I think the cold numbs their tongues so they can't tell how nasty the stuff tastes.

Good Luck!!

on May 12, 2006 4:39:10 PM
Lauren Said:

Can't answer your question, just wanted to stop by and say Hi to you.

Sure hope Seth-6m gets better soon.

on May 12, 2006 5:09:52 PM
oshee Said:

You've already had so many good answers to this one. But here ya go anyway:

Yes you can give a 6 mo old pedialyte, but that doesn't mean he'll drink it. I've yet to get a kid to drink it. I've had better luck with gatorade. I've not tried the apple juice gerber variety but if I have the need again, I'd give it a try before pedialyte.

on May 12, 2006 7:32:25 PM
millicent Said:

It seems like I gave mine some younger than that. In fact, I know I did. The ped had me giving it to him at 3 months when we all had a terrible stomach virus.
should be safe :)

on May 12, 2006 10:07:01 PM
emlouisa Said:

I have no idea. Poor baby though. Sick kids are no fun.

on May 12, 2006 10:30:44 PM
Carol Said:

If a baby is barfing, you're not supposed to give them anything by mouth until they're not barfing for 24 hours or unless the doctor says otherwise. He has an answering service and a nurse on call.

on May 12, 2006 10:59:38 PM
Meg Said:

I gave my 2 mth old pedialyte after the 2 mth shots he got diarhea, it didnt work to well, but HE sucked down 8 oz. like it was nothing--its worth a try my doc told me to give it to him and he was fine with it, but his poop was neon blue and green, he drank the grape and fruit flavored!

on Aug 14, 2007 6:23:37 PM
Amy Said:

It is ok to give my 8 mth old pedialyte all the time? I give it to her in her sippy cup. She probably drinks a cup a day.

on Apr 1, 2008 9:57:32 AM
myra Said:

my babys 2 months old and got sick and all i could give him was pedialyte im pretty lucky cuz he'll drink just about anything so yes you can deffinatly give a 6mo old pedialyte

i have a question though is it bad to give it to them every day? my son wants it in between bottles

on May 31, 2008 12:36:03 PM
Alecia Said:

My son is one month old and his doctor told me to give him Pedialyte in between feedings because he's having trouble keeping his formula down. So I'm sure it's ok for a six month old.

on Aug 26, 2008 3:55:23 PM
fabi Said:

You can give him Pedialyte at that age, because by baby is about to be 8 months and he is taking that right now. it is pretty good, and it will help a lot!

on Jan 26, 2009 1:22:45 PM

If a baby is barfing, you're not supposed to give them anything by mouth until they're not barfing for 24 hours or unless the doctor says otherwise.


on Aug 24, 2010 10:24:29 AM
johann Said:

Hi. My 6 month old has had diharrea for 10 days now/the ped prescibed pedialyte but I don't know how much 2 4 6 oz??

on Oct 3, 2010 5:26:20 PM
mac's mommy Said:

pedilyte is for dehydration & gatorade is just like it but better for children now that being said some people shouldn't say what they think 89% of the time they're wrong

on Jun 20, 2011 6:13:17 PM
chase Said:

How much pedialyte can i give my 8 month old in a serving

on Oct 30, 2011 9:21:07 PM
chase Said:

she has a fever and doctor told us to give her some

on Oct 30, 2011 9:22:14 PM
Deja Said:

Gatorade has sugar in it which could make diarrhea worse. Stick to Pedilyte, it's made for children & infants!

on Nov 1, 2011 7:00:46 PM