Diarrhea and vomiting can cause your body to lose large
amounts of water, nutrients, and essential minerals called electrolytes. This
happens faster and is more serious in babies, young children, and older
Rehydration drinks replace fluids and
electrolytes. Plain water doesn't provide necessary nutrients or electrolytes
and may not be absorbed with diarrhea.
Oral rehydration solutions (ORSs), such as Pedialyte, are used to treat dehydration in young children. ORSs contain the right mix of salt, sugar, potassium, and other minerals to help replace lost fluids.
Adult rehydration drinks
should not be used for babies and young children. You can make
an inexpensive rehydration drink at home. But do not give this homemade drink to children younger than 12.
ingredients precisely. Small variations can make the drink less effective or
even harmful. Mix the following:
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine