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why does pedialyte expire in 48 hours

Oh! Recently I found at Target & Babies-r-us single serve packets of pedialyte that you mix with water when you need them. I think they are more worried about things like bacteria growing in the solution. Electrolytes don't just vanish into thin air, if something has potassium in it ect, it should stay in it. I tried to call them directly at 1-800-227-5767 but they were already closed for the day & what I got off their phone system didn't answer the question either.

It seems they are worried about the "quality" of the product, what ever that means. I think they are going to tell you that they can't guarantee the quality of their product after 48hrs, that is what they seem to be saying about some of their other products. Give them a call, you can speak to a live person there. You have me curious too.
Re: Pedialyte - why does it go bad after 48 hours?

Q: Why does Pedialyte need to be discarded in 48 hrs? Once Pedialyte is opened/prepared, environmental microorganisms can potentially come into contact with the product from the air or from direct contact. For example, if someone touches the surface from which the product is poured, any bacteria on the person's hands can be transferred to the product.

This is called touch contamination. The bacteria grow slowly at refrigerator temperatures, but over time, the amount of bacteria can become significant. Children with gastroenteritis are at increased risk of a second infection from these bacteria as their immune system is already working to fight the gastroenteritis they do make pedialyte in a powdered form that you can mix up too. might waste less that way.

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