Pedialyte and Enfalyte are both oral rehydration solutions used to replace fluids and minerals that have been lost due to vomiting or diarrhea. They are especially popular for treating children experiencing diarrhea and acute gastroenteritis. The therapy that utilizes oral rehydration solutions has been proven to be effective for reducing the severity and mortality rates. Additionally, such liquids are also popular for reducing hangover symptoms. So, what is the difference between Pedialyte vs Enfalyte?
What is an Oral Rehydration Solution?
Pedialyte vs Enfalyte are designed for the same purposes. They are used for replacing fluids and minerals such as sodium and potassium. These oral rehydration solutions are usually recommended for people experiencing vomiting, diarrhea, or any other health problem that may cause them to experience dehydration (a condition caused by the loss of too much body water).
It is very important to have the right amounts of fluids and minerals in the body for normal bodily functions. Pedialyte and Enfalyte ensure that you can have them.
An oral rehydration solution usually contains modest amounts of sugar and salts. Sugar is added because it is able to increase the ability of the intestines in absorbing sodium and water. The recommended formula consists of glucose, sodium chloride, sodium citrate, and potassium chloride. However, glucose may be replaced with sucrose and sodium citrate may be replaced with sodium bicarbonate, if any of them is not available.
Benefits of Oral Rehydration Solutions
The use of an oral rehydration therapy is able to reduce the mortality rate of diarrhea by about 93%. Moreover, oral rehydration solutions have helped to considerably reduce the number of deaths in children under five years old all around the world; this is because a large portion of children deaths are caused by dehydration and diarrhea.
Thus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has included oral rehydration therapy in the List of Essential Medicines, which is a list of the safest and most effective medicines requires in a health system. If you are experiencing diarrhea or dehydration, oral rehydration solutions like Pedialyte and Enfalyte can help you recover.
Some people have also used Pedialyte and Enfalyte for treating hangover symptoms. They are not complete cures, but they can help reduce some hangover problems after drinking. One of the most common problems caused by drinking an alcoholic beverage is dehydration; an oral rehydration solution can help you with that. Taking Pedialyte or Enfalyte before and after drinking an alcoholic beverage can reduce the thirst, dehydration, fatigue, headache, and dizziness afterwards.
Now, we will compare the ingredients of Pedialyte vs Enfalyte. Each serving of Pedialyte is about 8 fl. oz. (237 mL) and contains about 25 calories. The ingredients include water, dextrose, potassium citrate, salt (sodium chloride), sodium citrate, citric acid, as well as zinc gluconate. These are good ingredients that can provide the much needed hydration and minerals to the consumer.
The nutrition label of Pedialyte is well detailed. It lists all the ingredients and nutritional values that it contains. The nutrition label provides information about the recommended daily intakes for children under four years old and for children over four years old. Each serving provides 6 grams of sugars, 240 mg of sodium, and 180 mg of potassium.
On the other hand, every 100 mL of Enfalyte has approximately 12.6 calories. The ingredients include water, salt (sodium chloride), potassium citrate, sodium citrate, citric acid, corn syrup solids, and natural flavor. Every 100 mL of Enfalyte contains about 3 grams of corn syrup solids.
Unfortunately, it is more difficult to tell how much minerals and electrolytes that Enfalyte contains. This is because the nutrition label uses the mEq unit, which measures the chemical activity of the element. Nevertheless, every 100 mL of the Enfalyte oral rehydration solution contains about 5 mEq of sodium, 4.5 mEqof chloride, 2.5 mEqof potassium, and 3.3 mEqof citrate.
One of the biggest differences between PedialytevsEnfalyte is their sweetener agents. Pedialyte is sweetened with sucralose, whereas Enfalyte is rice-based. A scientific study in 2010 has shown that sucralose rehydration solutions generally have better taste and palatability than rice-based rehydration solutions. In other words, most children find the taste of Pedialyte to be more appealing and enjoyable than Enfalyte.
Furthermore, Pedialyte is available in more flavor choices. There are four flavor choices of orange, grape, cherry, and strawberry lemonade. You can also buy a variety pack which contains all the four flavor choices in one neat package.
By the way, you can buy Pedialyte in either the powder form or the ready-to-drink liquid form. The powder Pedialyte is sold in neat sticks that you can easily carry around, and it is very easy to mix in water.
On the other hand, Enfalyte is only available in two flavor choices, which are mixed fruit and cherry splash. It is available in bottles as ready-to-drink liquid.
Possible Side Effects
Many people who consume Pedialyte or Enfalyte don’t experience any serious side effect. However, mild nausea or vomiting may occur if you take a large amount of the oral rehydration solution quickly in a short period of time. Such effects can be decreased or avoided by taking the solution slowly in small amounts using a spoon.
Note that these rehydration solutions may interact with other drugs or medications or supplements, especially those with potassium. If you are currently taking a medication or supplement, you should consult your doctor first prior to taking Pedialyte or Enfalyte. You should tell your doctor immediately if you experience unusual weakness, dizziness, seizures, swelling of ankles or feet, irritability, or restlessness.
Finally, although this is very rare, some people may be allergic to one of the ingredients. This is somewhat more likely to happen with Enfalyte due to the corn content and natural flavoring, But an allergy reaction may also happen with Pedialyte. Stop consuming the rehydration solution and seek an immediate medical help if you experience rash, itching swelling, dizziness, or difficulty breathing.
|- Sucrose-based solution||- Rice-based solution|
|- Better palatability||- Relatively lower palatability|
|- Available as powder and ready-to-drink liquid||- Available as ready-to-drink liquid|
|- Has four flavor choices of orange, grape, cherry, and strawberry lemonade||- Has two flavor choices of mixed fruit and cherry splash|
Pedialyte and Enfalyte are used for similar purposes, but there are some differences. In general, Pedialyte’s taste is considered better and more palatable due to using sucralose. In addition, Pedialyte is available in more flavor choices, as powder or ready-to-drink liquid. On the other hand, Enfalyte has lower palatability and is available in just two flavor choices.