Add 6 tablespoons of sugar and half a teaspoon of salt to a quart of water, to make a homemade drink, which can be used to treat dehydration in children over 12 years of age.
Pedialyte formulated by Abbott Laboratories and Gatorade manufactured by PepsiCo, are often used for replacement of fluids and electrolytes in the body. They are considered as better alternatives to plain water. Both the drinks are rich in electrolytes, but they are targeted at different user groups.
|Pedialyte (8 fluid ounces)||Gatorade (8 fluid ounces)|
|Purpose||♦Pedialyte is mainly used to prevent dehydration in sick children suffering from frequent bouts of vomiting and diarrhea. Its main purpose is to replace electrolytes and maintain fluid balance.||♦Gatorade has been formulated particularly for athletes, keeping their individual needs in mind. It not only replenishes electrolyte loss but also contains nutrients that help maximize post-workout recovery.|
|Sodium||♦Compared to Gatorade, the sodium content in Pedialyte is pretty high. Just an 8-ounce serving of Pedialyte gives a whopping 253 mg of sodium (11% of the daily dietary intake). Children due to excessive vomiting or diarrhea, lose sodium that is significantly more than what is lost through sweating. Hence, Pedialyte has been fortified with high amounts of sodium.||♦An 8-ounce serving of Gatorade contains around 95 mg sodium (4% of daily dietary intake).|
|Carbohydrates||♦Pedialyte is a low-carbohydrate drink with 8 fluid ounce containing around 6 g of carbohydrates (2% of the daily recommended intake).||♦Gatorade is a high-carbohydrate sports drink, with 8 fluid ounce providing around 16 g of carbohydrates (5% of the daily recommended intake). Muscles obtain their energy from carbs; hence having high-carb drinks is helpful to boost performance and improve muscle recovery. A majority of the carbs come from sugar. So, as compared to Pedialyte, Gatorade is higher in sugar.|
|Vitamins||♦This oral electrolyte solution does not contain vitamins.||♦Gatorade is infused with vitamin B, the nutrient that plays a key role in breakdown of carbohydrates into energy, which can readily be used by the muscles. So, some of the Gatorade line of products such as the ‘Carb Energy Drink’ are taken before a workout to fuel the muscles.|