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Does Pedialyte Expire? How Long Does Pedialyte Last?

It’s scary to think that over 10% of all child deaths worldwide are because of diarrhea or something resulting from it.

Given how serious dehydration is in children, many parents like to keep Pedialyte on hand to ensure they have something to give their child to help prevent dehydration from vomiting or diarrhea.

But with safety front of mind as always, it’s vitally important to follow correct dosage and storage instructions to ensure you’re not putting your child at risk.

So let’s take a look at all things concerning giving Pedialyte so you can stay safe when giving some to your baby, infant or toddler.

What Is Pedialyte?

Pedialyte is an oral rehydration solution that can help replenish fluids and electrolytes lost from diarrhea and vomiting.

The product is claimed to help prevent dehydration that can occur as a result of diarrhea and vomiting as it contains a balanced mix of sodium, sugar, minerals and electrolytes.

Pedialyte Ingredients

Pedialyte® Classic Unflavored

  • Water
  • Dextrose
  • Potassium Citrate
  • Salt
  • Sodium Citrate
  • Citric Acid
  • Zinc Gluconate

Fruit-Flavored Pedialyte

  • Water
  • Dextrose
  • Citric Acid
  • Potassium Citrate
  • Salt
  • Sodium Citrate
  • Natural Flavor
  • Sucralose
  • Acesulfame Potassium
  • Zinc Gluconate
  • Red 40
  • Blue 1

Does Pedialyte Expire?

Yes, according to the manufacturer (Abbott), Pedialyte does indeed expire.

Abbott, who produce the product, state that after opening a bottle you should replace the cap, refrigerate and use within 48 hours.

If you’ve opened a bottle and there is some remaining solution after 48 hours, you should therefore throw away whatever is left.

How Long Does Pedialyte Last?

An unopened bottle should last up until its Use-By date, which is typically two years after the date of manufacture.

Once opened, the product is good for 48 hours after opening, as long as it’s stored in the fridge.

Does Pedialyte Go Bad If Not Refrigerated?

Yes, because Pedialyte does not contain preservatives (more on this later), it does go off quickly if not refrigerated.

There is no need to store the product in the refrigerator until it’s opened, but once you do open a botte you should refrigerate it and discard any unused contents within 2 days.

Why Does Pedialyte Expire So Fast?

If you do need to throw away any used solution after 2 days it can be pretty frustrating.

The reason why Pedialyte expires and goes bad so quickly is because the product does not contain any preservatives.

According to the manufacturer, once you open a bottle, bacteria could come into contact with the product from the air or through direct contact.

Bacteria grows slowly even at refrigerator temperatures of 40 degrees Fahrenheit, so over time the number of bacteria can become significant, which is you should discard the solution after 48 hours of opening.

Where Is The Expiration Date On Pedialyte?

As we’ve seen, Pedialyte does have an expiration date.

If you look on the container or bottle, you should be able to find a stamped Use-By date.

This date is usually found on either the bottom or top of the bottle.

Is Pedialyte Safe For Babies?

If your child is vomiting or has diarrhea then you may be thinking about giving them some Pedialyte to help prevent dehydration.

But is it safe to give to infants?

According to the manufacturer, if your child is under 1 then you should consult a physician before using Pedialyte.

It’s worth noting that Abbott do state that Pedialyte Unflavoured is suitable for infants under 1 year of age.

However, they recommend parents consult with a doctor to ensure you get a proper evaluation and treatment plan for your baby if they are under one.

The effects of dehydration are more serious for newborns and young babies compared to older children, which is why the Abbott recommend you discuss your child’s conditions with a physician.

So in conclusion, Pedialyte is generally considered safe for children over 12 months of age, provided of course your follow the recommended dosage, store the product in a refrigerator after opening, and throw away any used solution within 48 hours.

Pedialyte Dosage Chart For Infants

The amount you should give to your child is based on their age and weight.

Here are the recommended Pedialyte dosages for infants and babies.

  • For babies that are 3 months old: 30-34 fl oz/day
  • For babies that are 6 months old: 36-42 fl oz/day
  • For babies that are 9 months old: 39-45 fl oz/day
  • For babies that are 1 year old: 42-47 fl oz/day
  • For babies that are 2 years old: 48-53 fl oz/day
  • For babies that are 3 years old: 53-57 fl oz/day
  • For babies that are 4 years old: 55-59 fl oz/day

Pedialyte Dosage Chart Infants

(Source: Pedialyte / Abbott)

Tori is mama to 3 year old Isabella and co-founder of Rockinbaby. She has a BSc in Psychology, is a certified yoga teacher and is a working mom. In her free time Tori loves cooking delicious foods and baked treats, entertaining and working out. Learn more about Tori here.

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