Dehydration is a common occurrence in small children and infants, when they get sick. Dehydration can make someone who isn’t feeling very well, feel much worse.
When children lose more fluids through vomiting or diarrhoea than they can replenish by drinking, they can quickly become dehydrated. Signs of dehydration include sunken eyes, strong smelling nappies, thirst, dry lips and mouth, and no tears.
Dehydration is a serious concern because it can happen quickly in infants and children and may prolong their recovery. Although my children are grown up now, it was my experience that this always happened over the weekend, or when the Pharmacy is likely closed. Therefore, we are suggesting that all families “be prepared” for the unexpected and carry a bottle of Pedialyte® in the medicine cabinet.
Rehydration fluids are specially formulated with the correct ratios of sodium, potassium and glucose in them. This balance of electrolytes, carbohydrates and water will help restore lost fluids so that your little cherub is rehydrated rapidly. Dilute lemonade is often suggested as an alternative, but I’m sure you will agree that when your baby is sick, they should have the best treatment available.
Pedialyte® comes in bubble gum flavour. To get the best effect, give your child one teaspoon every minute, or 1 tablespoon every 5 minutes for 2-4 hours. Now is the time to prepare for the winter season ahead, when sniffles and snuffles appear, or exposure to bugs at childcare centres occurs.
Pedialyte® is best known as rehydration for gastro-intestinal bugs, but other infections can cause children to lose fluids and become dehydrated. So next time you are in the Pharmacy, think about this essential item for the medicine cabinet and be prepared for your child when he/she becomes sick overnight or at the weekend. #heretohelp