Nutritionally Comparable to Pedialyte®
PediaVance® Electrolyte is scientifically formulated to treat dehydration just like the leading brands; however, PediaVance® is the only electrolyte solution made with organic ingredients. This means parents can avoid giving their children artificial sweeteners, colors and flavors while treating the effects of their child’s illness. PediaVance® special formulation is made with natural grape and apple flavors and contains organic white grape juice, which is a well tolerated juice for children recovering from diarrhea.
Electrolyte Solution is Scientifically Balanced
When prepared according to label instructions, PediaVance® contains appropriate levels of electrolytes, water and carbohydrates to maintain proper hydration. Electrolytes are mineral substances (sodium, potassium, and chloride) that conduct electrical currents in the body and maintain tissue fluids. The balance of the electrolytes in our bodies is essential for the normal functioning of body cells such as the nervous system and the body's organs. Electrolytes are needed to prevent dehydration that may be caused by diarrhea, vomiting, fever or heat exhaustion. Giving pure water is not the best way to restore body fluid levels because it dilutes the minerals inside the body’s cells and interferes with their chemical and electrical functions. PediaVance® Electrolyte promotes fluid absorption more effectively than household beverages. Common beverages (water, tea, juice, sport and soft drinks) do not contain balanced levels of essential minerals necessary in maintaining hydration. Also, sugary drinks can worsen diarrhea and/or dehydration symptoms.
Dehydration Caused by Diarrhea & Vomiting
Viral or bacterial illness may develop over a period of hours or it may suddenly start with stomach cramps, vomiting, or diarrhea. Dehydration can become a serious complication of illnesses such as flu, food poisoning, rotavirus, viral gastroenteritis, or the Norovirus, including the Norwalk virus. With the onset of diarrhea or vomiting, a child may need PediaVance® to keep the body hydrated with the electrolytes that are critical to human health.
Heat Exhaustion Leads to DehydrationHeat exhaustion can lead to serious illnesses for children and adults due to dehydration. Children are most vulnerable to heat exhaustion when exposed to high temperatures or fever over several days or as a result of high activity in the sun. Parents should be most watchful for dehydration in children participating in sport activities and particularly if the child experiences vomiting along with high levels of physical exertion. Warning signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting and fainting. PediaVance® will help prevent dehydration by replacing the electrolytes lost during extended periods of fever or when body temperatures rise due to over exertion.
- Why would an oral electrolyte solution be used as a treatment for: Food Poisoning, Rotavirus, Flu, Viral Gastroenteritis, or the Norovirus, including the Norwalk Virus?
- Food Poisoning
Food poisoning occurs in situations where food may be left unrefrigerated too long causing bacterial growth or food preparation techniques are not clean. Food poisoning can also occur from consuming undercooked meats or from the improper canning of foods. A number of different organisms can cause food poisoning. These include E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella, and the botulism organism. Symptoms from the most common types of food poisoning usually start within 2 to 6 hours of eating the responsible food item. However, the time may be longer depending on the toxin or organism causing the poisoning. Symptoms of food poisoning can include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal cramps
Always check with your healthcare professional when these symptoms occur. Also, always check with your healthcare professional before using any medications. A major goal in the treatment of food poisoning is to avoid dehydration. Hold off on solid foods until the diarrhea has passed and drink lots of fluids. In infants and children, an oral electrolyte solution, such as PediaVance® Oral Electrolyte Solution, will usually be recommended to assure that the appropriate mix and balance of water, carbohydrates and minerals are taken in to the body to prevent or treat dehydration. Milk and dairy products, sodas, juices and other household beverages may worsen diarrhea.
Symptoms of a rotavirus infection can include:
- Watery diarrhea
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal cramps
- Runny nose
Rotavirus is one of the most common causes of diarrhea in infants and young children. Sometimes the diarrhea is so severe, it can quickly lead to dehydration. So always call your healthcare professional when signs of rotavirus appear. Also, your healthcare professional may recommend a rotavirus vaccine as a part of the routine immunizations given to all infants to help prevent a rotavirus infection. For mild to moderate diarrhea with no signs of dehydration, normal food consumption should continue but more liquids should be provided. An oral electrolyte solution, such as PediaVance®, should be given in small, frequent amounts to prevent or correct dehydration. Fruit juices and sodas should always be avoided because they can make the diarrhea worse. Always check with your healthcare professional before using any medications. Acetaminophen may be recommended to relieve any fever. Infants and children with symptoms should not take aspirin because aspirin may lead to Reye syndrome, a rare but potentially fatal liver disease.
The common symptoms of the flu may include:
- Muscle aches
- Extreme tiredness
- Runny nose
- Nausea and vomiting
Flu symptoms can be mild or severe. If they are mild, they can become severe without much notice, especially in young children. Vomiting, diarrhea and fever can dry up the body's normal level of fluids which leads to dehydration. In infants and children, an oral electrolyte solution, such as PediaVance® Electrolyte, is usually preferred to prevent or treat dehydration. Common household beverages, such as juices and sodas or plain water, are often not recommended because they do not contain the appropriate balance of water and minerals (sodium, potassium and chloride) to maintain hydration. Treatment of the flu should also include getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of fluids to maintain hydration. Always check with your healthcare professional before using any medications. Acetaminophen may be recommended to relieve the fever and muscle aches associated with the flu. Infants and children with flu symptoms should not take aspirin because aspirin ingestion could lead to Reye syndrome, a rare but potentially fatal liver disease.
- Viral Gastroenteritis (Stomach and Intestinal Flu)
The common symptoms of viral gastroenteritis (stomach flu or intestinal flu) are similar to the flu and may include one or more of the following:
- Stomach cramps
- Mild fever
- Extreme tiredness
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle aches
The illness may develop over a period of hours or it may suddenly start with stomach cramps, vomiting, or diarrhea. When symptoms first appear, it is important to rest the stomach and intestines to treat this illness. Dehydration can become a serious complication of stomach flu or intestinal flu. It can occur when the body loses too much fluid because of vomiting and diarrhea. When the first signs of gastric or intestinal flu appear, solid foods and milk or milk products should not be consumed. Clear liquids are recommended. For infants and children, an oral electrolyte solution, such as PediaVance® Electrolyte, is usually preferred over household beverages to prevent dehydration and maintain the body's water and minerals (sodium, potassium and chloride) at appropriate levels. An oral electrolyte solution is also preferred over acidic liquids such as fruit juices and carbonated beverages which can further upset the stomach. Small, frequent sips of the oral electrolyte solution are important especially if there has been frequent vomiting. Once liquids are well tolerated, soft bland foods that are easy to digest can be given. In severe situations, dehydration can quickly become life threatening and hospitalization may be required whereby intravenous fluids are needed to maintain hydration. Always check with your healthcare professional before using any medications. Acetaminophen may be recommended to relieve the fever and muscle aches associated with stomach or intestinal flu. Infants and children with stomach or intestinal flu symptoms should not take aspirin because ingested aspirin could lead to Reye syndrome, a rare but potentially fatal liver disease. If symptoms persist for more than a few days or if there is bloody vomit or bloody diarrhea or severe stomach pain, contact your healthcare provider immediately to be sure that more serious problems are not occurring and to check for dehydration.
- Norovirus (Norwalk Virus)
Norwalk virus and Norwalk-like viruses (NLV) cause gastrointestinal illness. These viruses usually occur in outbreaks and are one of the leading causes of food borne diseases in the United States, usually associated with eating raw oysters or clams or swallowing stool-contaminated food or water. An infection from one of these viruses is more prevalent in adults and older children but could occur in young children. The symptoms of an infection from the Norwalk virus or from Norwalk-like viruses usually last for 2 to 3 days and may include:
- Stomach cramps
There are presently no specific treatments to prevent an infection caused by the Norwalk virus or Norwalk-like viruses. Cleanliness and good hand washing are always recommended as preventative measures. A complication resulting from the illness is dehydration because of fluid losses from vomiting and/or diarrhea. An oral electrolyte solution, such as PediaVance® Electrolyte Solution, may be recommended to prevent or treat dehydration associated with the symptoms of the viral infection and to help maintain the body's water and mineral (sodium, potassium, chloride) balance. PediaVance® Electrolyte can also be used to treat children and adults. Always check with your healthcare professional before using any medications.
Directions for Use & Storage
Use Under Supervision of a Doctor
Provide Oral Electrolyte Maintenance Solution every 1-4 hours or as directed by your doctor. A child may consume as much as 64 FL OZ per day to replenish fluids while diarrhea continues. Serve chilled, freeze into a fun treat or blend partially frozen into ice slushy.For Infants less than 12-months:
Consult your doctor before using this or any other electrolyte maintenance product. Your doctor will recommend the appropriate amount to feed based on baby’s weight.
Discontinue use of Oral Electrolyte Maintenance Solution when diarrhea ceases.
Mix with water
Refrigerate after preparing
Use within 72 hours after mixing with water
Use by date on box
Not for parenteral (IV) use
Do not heat or microwave
Store unopened box in cool place. Avoid heat
Discard any remaining prepared Electrolyte Solution from bottle or cup within 1 hour after initiation of feeding
If vomiting, fever, or diarrhea continues beyond 24 hours, consult your doctor. DO NOT use sugary drinks (juice, soda, sports drinks) as they may make diarrhea symptoms worse.
Compare the nutrition in PediaVance® Oral Electrolyte to other pediatric electrolytes such as Pedialyte®. While the leading and store brands use artificial sweeteners, colors and flavors, PediaVance® only uses organic and natural ingredients when available. Oral Electrolyte Nutritional Comparison Chart
Each liquid stick of PediaVance® should be mixed with 4 fluid ounces of water. Tap water from a municipal water supply or bottled plain water can be used. If the water source is well-water, please consult with your child’s healthcare provider to determine if another water source should be used.
Do NOT mix with household beverages such as soda or juice as this will result in a carbohydrate and electrolyte composition unsuitable for rehydration and can cause a worsening of symptoms. Do NOT vary from the recommended water to electrolyte solution ratio as noted on the PediaVance® package instructions unless otherwise specified by a healthcare professional.
Ingredients & Quality
Great Alternative to Pedialyte!
I bought this before vacation thinking I would bring it along for my 14 month old, just in case. The shipping was incredibly fast (came less than 48hrs from placing order). My son ended up getting a bad GI bug the day before we left on vacation and little sips of this seemed to help him get well again quickly! We had to give in very small amounts as he wasn't able to keep much down. We are all for more natural ingredients and organic options with our son and this fit our standards. It's ridiculous to me that other brands use dyes in their product, I am grateful the only color this product has is a natural color. It would be nice if it was made with white grape juice, though, as my son spilled some on a white blanket (though it did wash out no problem). Haven't tried the apple, but I plan to in the future!
I only give mu child the best and this product fits our standard.
Reviewing as far as shipping goes. I ordered the sample Oct 8th (six days ago) and it came in this morning. Shipping was fast, which is always a plus with me. I hadnt realized that the sample would be a full sized box. And now that I see it is, Im in love. I know this will come in handy this time of year (cold and flu season). Will be writing a review on how well it works, once we have the need to actually use it.
Works quickly and efficiently. My go to for hydration when my kids are sick.
First time trying