Do NOT dilute PediaVance® Oral Electrolyte or mix it with other fluids. It is important that an oral electrolyte solution, such as PediaVance®, is properly balanced with the various electrolytes to replace those lost in fluids and keep the body properly hydrated.
Diluting PediaVance® with other fluids will alter the balance of the three electrolytes: sodium, potassium, and chloride. Sodium in combination with carbohydrate (sugar) aids the absorption of water from the intestinal tract into the body and helps to retain fluids in the body to prevent dehydration. Potassium works with sodium to help regulate fluid balance in the body. Chloride helps to maintain the acid-base balance of the body fluids and prevent acidosis. Rehydrating by using only water without the correct balance of electrolytes can result in water intoxication and hyponatremia (too little sodium in the blood). Drinking too much water basically drowns the cells because the infant’s immature kidneys are unable to process the water quickly enough. Water intoxication can lead to inconsolable crying because the baby’s body tissues, including the brain, swell causing a headache; difficulty breathing because the lungs contain too much water; irregular heart beat because the electrolytes are not in balance; seizures noted by odd facial movements, lip smacking, rhythmic jerking of a body part; coma; and ultimately death if not medically treated.
Always check with your child’s healthcare professional when treating your child’s illness to be sure that the appropriate fluids in the necessary amounts per day are provided.