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How much Pedialyte do you give an infant?

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The proper Pedialyte dosage for infants depends on their age. Infants less than 6 months old can be given 1 tablespoon every 15 to 20 minutes, while infants 6 months to 1 year can be given 1 or 2 tablespoons every 15 to 20 minutes. Do not mix or dilute Pedialyte with other beverages unless directed to do so by a doctor as this decreases the effectiveness of the solution.

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Pedialyte is an oral solution for children designed to replace electrolytes lost due to vomiting or diarrhea and is available for purchase over the counter at pharmacy and retail locations. Pedialyte does not stop diarrhea or vomiting, so other steps should be taken to manage these symptoms and prevent further loss of fluids. Pedialyte can reduce the risk dehydration, a condition in which the body loses too much water. Dehydration is a serious condition for infants and young children and must be treated immediately. Symptoms of serious dehydration in infants include dry mouth or tongue, four to six hours without a wet diaper for infants under 6 months old and a lack of tears while crying. Symptoms of severe dehydration include being overly sleepy, sunken eyes and irritability. Parents should contact a doctor immediately if dehydration is suspected.

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