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Household beverages like sports drinks, juice, and soda don't meet medical guidelines for helping to prevent dehydration during diarrhea and vomiting. In general, these drinks are too high in sugar and too low in sodium, which is an important electrolyte lost during diarrhea and vomiting. In fact, these sugary drinks can actually make misbehaving bellies even worse, causing more diarrhea and increasing the risk of dehydration by drawing more water into the intestine to dilute the sugar.
Unlike sports drinks, juice, or soda, Pedialyte contains just enough sugar in balance with sodium to promote absorption and help replenish more of what kids lose to diarrhea and vomiting. It is specially formulated to contain an effective balance of vital minerals and nutrients. In addition to sodium, glucose (sugar), potassium, and chloride, Pedialyte Singles and Liters also have zinc.