Does Pedialyte Expire And How Long Does It Last?


Pedialyte is an oral electrolyte solution that is used to replace fluids, minerals and nutrients. If your child has had vomiting or diarrhea, your child’s doctor may suggest a product like Pedialyte to help your little one stay hydrated. It is a good idea to keep an electrolyte drink like Pedialyte on hand in case of illness, but like most medications and supplements you will need to make sure your stocks don’t get too old.

An unopened bottle of Pedialyte can be stored up to the printed expiry date, which is often a few years ahead. You must discard ready-to-serve Pedialyte after 48 hours if it’s been opened, and prepared powder sachets must be disposed of after 24 hours.

What are the factors that affect how long Pedialyte will last? How can I tell if it is still safe to give to my baby? Read on for more!

Does Pedialyte have an expiration date? Where is it printed?

Pedialyte does have an official expiration date, which is printed on the packaging. Liquid Pedialyte generally has the date printed on the bottom, and powder sachets will generally have the expiry date printed on the box and the individual sachets themselves.

The expiration date is usually a few years ahead of time, and indicates how long the manufacturer will stand by their product in terms of efficacy and safety.

If you are stocking up Pedialyte but don’t need to use it immediately, purchasing at a busier store increases the likelihood of a long expiry. a busy store is more likely to get a frequent supply of the product, which means it is more likely to have only just been manufactured and have an expiry date well into the future.

Does Pedialyte go bad after opening?

if your child has been unwell and you have been giving them Pedialyte, you might need to stock up on the product.

Pedialyte liquid goes bad 48 hours after opening, and will need to be stored appropriately in the refrigerator once opened. Prepared powder sachets can be refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 24 hours before it must be disposed of.

If your child is unwell, it is not worth the risk of making them even more ill by giving them Pedialyte which has gone bad.

Why does Pedialyte go bad in 48 hours?

Bacteria in the air, on your skin, and in your mouth are examples of live germs. These germs may enter your Pedialyte either by contact with parts of your body, or by exposure to air. Refrigeration slows the multiplication of bacteria that your Pedialyte is been exposed to, but will not stop it completely.

After 48 hours, an opened bottle of Pedialyte will be considered to have gone bad due to bacteria which could be harmful to a child who is already unwell. Pedialyte does not contain preservatives.

A major risk factor for children with acute diarrhea is the onset of gastroenteritis – inflammation in both the stomach and intestines which can dramatically decrease one’s immune defenses. It’s not worth the risk of making your child more ill than they already are – throw out the Pedialyte after 48 hours and get a new bottle.

it is not the ingredients in Pedialyte that make it go bad after 48 hours, it is the environment that it is exposed to after it is opened or prepared.

How long does Pedialyte last unopened?

The manufacturer sets a ‘use by’ date to ensure the product is still fresh and its contents are consumed with maximum effective effectiveness.

Pedialyte’s shelf life is normally around two years after manufacture, provided it has been unopened and stored according to manufacturer instructions. (In a cool dry place!)

Pedialyte is not particularly expensive, and has the potential to be a life-saving remedy if your child becomes unwell. Keep an unopened bottle with your other medicines in case of an emergency.

How long does Pedialyte last after opening?

Once you open a bottle of Pedialyte, or prepare Pedialyte powder sachets, take note of the time.

Liquid Pedialyte does not last beyond 48 hours once it has been opened or prepared for use, though powder sachets can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

If you don’t think you need to give your baby much Pedialyte, consider stocking up on the powder sachets so that you don’t have to throw out large amounts of the product after 24 or 48 hours.

Does Pedialyte need refrigeration?

Particularly if it is a warm day, your unwell child may prefer to have a chilled drink. My boys actually prefer room-temperature drinks!

Pedialyte can be refrigerated prior to being opened according to personal preferences and taste. An opened Pedialyte bottle must be refrigerated to slow the increase of bacteria in the bottle, and disposed of after 48 hours. Unopened powder sachets should be stored in a cool, dry place.

The need for an electrolyte drink often comes out of nowhere! Rest assured the only Pedialyte that needs refrigeration is an opened bottle of ready-to-serve liquid.

How do I store Pedialyte before use?

make sure that your Pedialyte is the most effective that it can be, and remain safe for your child, you must make sure that you store it appropriately.

Store Pedialyte in a cool dry place, and keep away from excessive heat. Pedialyte Freezer Pops can be stored in the freezer like any other ice block, up until the expiry date printed.

Regularly check your Pedialyte products just as you would any other medication. if any of it gets exposed to extreme heat, throw it out. Freezer Pops can be taken out of the freezer to defrost, and then refrozen again. In a pinch you can also give your child Pedialyte Freezer Pops which are not frozen, though the manufacturer says that the flavor won’t be quite as nice!

Is it OK to give my baby expired Pedialyte?

You might think that it is okay to give your baby expired product if they only have mild dehydration – perhaps thinking that even if it isn’t as effective, it is still safe.

Do not feed your baby expired Pedialyte. Doing so Is a risk to your baby’s health – either because the expired product isn’t effective anymore, or the growth of bacteria in the opened product will make your baby sicker.

If this is an emergency, it is better to take your child to a doctor or hospital, rather than give them an expired product.

In conclusion – Pedialyte does expire, so be sure to take note of expiry dates and times

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Pedialyte, which is a lifesaver for many parents during an emergency, will be effective and safe provided you have stored it properly and should be used before the expiration date.

You do not need to refrigerate unopened Pedialyte (even the frozen Pedialyte pops!) but the open product absolutely must be refrigerated and consumed within 24 hours of mixing the Pedialyte powder packets, or within 48 hours or the ready to serve liquid version.

If you are using Pedialyte for your children or yourself in an emergency situation, call a doctor instead of giving them an expired product – it isn’t worth the risk to their health.

Carly Wight

Mother of two young boys (6 and 3!) and an avid "Googler", Carly is the kind to research something to the nth degree. Be it about products, hacks, or techniques, she shares what she finds out at her website - Fairy Good Mommy.

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