Rehydration Powder

I have looked and looked for rehydration powder in the pharmacies here in the US and never found it.  In Mexico, Central America, South America and Africa you can find the packets in every pharmacy . . . and lots of other places as well.  Why not in the US?

I could only find the packets online in the US — and with the shipping cost, they were ridiculously expensive.  Nonetheless, I’d always carry some when we would be away from easy shopping or medical access (see my article on rehydration drinks in general if you’re not familiar with them and when they’re needed).

When I’d ask a pharmacist, they’d always point me to the bottles of Pedialyte in the pharmacy area.  But I didn’t want to carry the bottles of Pedialyte — I just wanted the little packets of powder that you mix with water.

A few days ago, I had an A-HA moment.  I was in the Infants department at Walmart, looking for a baby gift.  And I ended up in the aisle where they stocked Pedialyte — I never dreamed they had Pedialyte in two places in the store!  And there — in the infants department but not in the pharmacy — was Pedialyte powder — in 4- and 8-packs.  It’s a little on the pricey side, at just over $8 for a 8-pack — but the packages are very convenient to have around if someone gets seriously ill.  You can also make your own rehydration drink far more cheaply, but it’s not nearly as convenient — and sometimes, when you’re sick, convenience trumps price.

Want easy to stow little packets of rehydration powder that you can mix with water? But frustrated with the cost when they have to be shipped? I finally figured out how to buy them locally!Since then, I’ve looked in the baby section of several pharmacies and grocery stores.  The Pedialyte powder has been in all of them — I was just looking in the wrong place!

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  • Candy Ann Williams on Facebook
    Posted at 29 February 2012 Reply

    I am going to put it on my Wal-mary list right now. Thanks Carolyn.

  • B. Charles Reynolds on Facebook
    Posted at 29 February 2012 Reply

    You could just add iodized salt to water. About 1tbsp per 2qts.

  • The Boat Galley on Facebook
    Posted at 29 February 2012 Reply

    Rehydration salts are NOT just saltwater. The World Health Organization formula is here (look halfway down for Make Your Own) — — and it uses 1/2 TEAspoon salt per quart of water, plus sugar and potassium. For an emergency kit, however, the packets are convenient.

  • Bill Dixon
    Posted at 11 August 2012 Reply

    Pedialyte is for babies. Abbott Labs must be agonizing over the waste of advertising dollars. I can’t imagine looking for it outside the baby area of a store. Legend has it that it is good medicine for adult hangovers as well as dehydration.

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 21 February 2013 Reply

      Well, whenever we bought the powder in other countries, it was in the general pharmacy section. So I figured that’s where I’d find it . . . silly me!

    • Renee Klapper
      Posted at 09 April 2013 Reply

      Thanks Bill! I’ll buy some just for that reason!

  • Larry
    Posted at 21 February 2013 Reply

    I’ve used Pedialyte packets for emergencies but had used Gatoraide powder – UNTIL I read of the ‘flame retardant’ chemical included in the powder. Yuck!

    I suffered severe dehydration while in the US Air Force (nearly died) and the doc ORDERED me to drink Gatoraide (1qt/day). TOO much sugar for MY taste!

    Found Pedialyte after another trip to the ER for dehydration and kept the packets on me.

    I originally found them in the baby aisle at Wal-Mart but lately they’ve been out. Want to find a more steady supplier – know of one online? Also Wal-Mart charges too much for my taste.

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 21 February 2013 Reply

      Unfortunately, I haven’t found anyone cheaper than Walmart — in fact, the others I’ve found are MORE! The only other suggestion I have is to make your own. The ingredients are fairly inexpensive, it’s just that the packets are convenient.

  • Velma Baker
    Posted at 16 July 2016 Reply

    Coconut water works like a charm!

  • Barbara
    Posted at 16 July 2016 Reply

    For those that travel with dogs or cats in hot climates, you can mix it with their water to rehydrate them. We are in Mexico and our little dog kept dehydrating. The vet had me give her some, orally, thru a syringe. She loved the apple and I started adding a bit to her water. She starting drinking more and the problem was solved. We carried a small amount with us at all times for emergency purposes.

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 16 July 2016 Reply

      Great to hear! Paz (our dog) will never drink it on her own, but doesn’t mind if we give her some in a syringe.

  • Sarah Morrison-Gardiner
    Posted at 18 July 2016 Reply

    whats wrong with 1T sugar and 1/4t salt and 1 cup water?

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 18 July 2016 Reply

      Nothing is wrong with making your own . . . but sometimes it’s a lot more convenient to just use a packet (and the packets also contain potassium)

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