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Toddlers and Gatorade

Posted by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 1:47 PM
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My son (20 months) woke up this morning with pretty bad diarrhea.  We are out of Pedialyte right now, so is it okay to give him some of my hubby's Gatorade until hubby gets home from work with some Pedialyte?  My car is in the shop right now so I can't go to the store before then.

Also, my poor little boy's butt is beet red right now and he screams everytime I change his diaper.  I've been changing him every 20-30 mins, or as soon as it looks like he went again, trying to keep him as dry as possible.  I've been putting baby powder on him to try and keep him dry and I've given him an oatmeal bath to try and soothe him some.  Still, his butt is red and I feel horrible making him scream everytime I change him.  Anything else I can try to ease his discomfort?


by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 1:47 PM
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by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 1:48 PM

yea its fine

by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 1:50 PM

I would be careful!! Given too much  Gatorade can cause diarrhea or even exacerbate what he already has. I would be safe and stiff with water since DH is bringing some home..

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by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 1:51 PM

that is the only thing that my dd will drink when she is sick.....she hates pedialyte. When she is sick she also refuses anything to drink even water, she has to have her i think your lo will be ok drinking some till your s/o gets home.

oh and for his red bottom, i used a/d ointment...the white ointment and cornstarch on my dd's bottom when she would get a raw bottom. and it worked wonders on her. so i would try some sort of diaper cream but put cornstarch powder on him

by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 1:52 PM

You can, but this works better

1 litre of water

a pinch of salt

and a fistful of sugar

Mix them together and its the perfect rehydrating solution a 1 (one) litre solution using Salt, Sugar and Water picture by pinkmonkeysponge picture by pinkmonkeysponge

by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 1:53 PM

 My ped always said it is fine, in small diluted amounts. I usually give dd 2oz of Gatorade with 2oz water. She is also 20 months. Just watch that he doesn't get too much, because it can make him have more diarrhea.

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by Platinum Member on Jan. 18, 2010 at 1:54 PM

No, gatorade is all sugar, will only make his problems worse.

for the rash... make sure skin is dry b4 you do this.  put on the diaper cream (not gel kind)... then smear on vasoline.  The vasoline will seal in the medicine in the rash cream (desotin is my personal fav), and protect his bottom from the high acid in urine and the diarrhea.

do not use wipes.... use warm wash cloths to wipe.

It will be messy, but works great.

by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 1:57 PM

I was told to dilute gatorade (1/2 water, 1/2 gatorade) and it's the same as pedialyte....

by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 1:59 PM

I'd say no. Gatorade has a lot of sugar in it which can make diarrhea worse. Also Gatorade has a higher level of electrolytes in it than pedialyte (which is meant for kids) so it can throw their systems off. I'd google a homemade pedialyte recipe and call it a day! :-) It worked for my son.


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