anyone heard of osmolax powder?

Mel - posted on 04/11/2011 ( 20 moms have responded )

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Im posting on here cause I need some repsonses sooner rather then later so I apologise for bringing this issue into DM again after being asked not to. Ive finally got Paige to docs and they prescribed osmolax for her which is normally for 2 yrs plus so Im just wondering if anyones heard of it or used it (for constipation issues)

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Cassie - posted on 04/12/2011

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I guess that's just where we differ in opinions. :) Emma's 9.5 months and is on an almost complete breastmilk diet with very little solids. She is growing, healthy, and thriving hitting all milestones on time or early.

Hope she gets better.

Tara - posted on 04/12/2011

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Finally they put her on something that should help.
Osmolax is the same as a PEG 3350 oral solution.
This is probably when you will start seeing results.
Just be sure she drinks a lot of fluids, keep up with the breastfeeding as much as humanly possible while taking this med.
It is a osmotic laxative, it draws water from her bowel into her stool to soften it, (osmosis) so if she does not have enough fluids in her system it will actually make the problem worse. But as long as she is getting adequate breastfeeding or formula she will be fine.
I would insist on frequent monitoring to ensure she does not lose weight or muscle tone, as these can be side effects when given to very young or very old patients.
Good Luck and glad to hear you're getting somewhere.

Nikki - posted on 04/12/2011

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I know you won't listen to me, but ill put my two cents in anyway. I agree with Jodi, I wouldn't see a GP for an issue like this. I am pretty sure this is what my pop was on for liver disease and constipation. This medication if I am correct is not to be used for blockages in the bowel, so has there been any investigation to ensure there are no blockages? I remember because pop had to get his bowel checked before he started taking it. I would get a second opinion.

Kerrie - posted on 08/31/2011

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I use osmolax often, its truely amazing, no yucky taste at all. On the tub the intructions read 2 to 6yrs 1 scoop daily in 100mls. You can take it in anything juice coffee milk you name it. Osmolax is the only product that has help myself and my young daughter.

Cassie - posted on 04/12/2011

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I'm coming into this late and have no real advice to give but I know your little girl is about the same age as Emma, maybe a little younger. Emma only has a bowel movement about once a week but I would never consider putting so much into her system to try to force a bowel movement. I think, as others have said before, that she needs to just go back to the basics (breastmilk or formula only), let her get regulated again, and then slowly introduce solids again....

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Jodi - posted on 04/12/2011

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Mel, are you a member of DMG? This is the sort of question to take there........
http://www.circleofmoms.com/dmg?trk=drop...

Let us know how you go with the pediatrician. Get your GP to give you a referral. If they don't think you need to, just be insistent that you are not comfortable continuing to give your baby laxatives and would like to address the cause, not just the symptoms.

Mel - posted on 04/12/2011

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thankyou. Yeah my doctors and child health nurse here had never heard of doing that. Said I wouldnt want another child like my first. You are fortunate I hope you introduce more solids soon. Im sure she'll be fine soon enough, if not then when I wean her from breast milk she will be fine :) Thanks

Mel - posted on 04/12/2011

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Hi Cassie, unfortunately when you havea constipated child you dont have a choice in what you put into their system. Cutting out solids at her age is not an option as she needs to be eating as much as she wants to eat until she is full, at 8. 5 months she need solids for growth and development.
Ill keep you guys posted on everything

Tara - posted on 04/12/2011

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Sorry I didn't know you guys also had infant testing for CF now.

When my daughter was born it wasn't done by blood work, it was only done through a sweat test if other symptoms presented. But with my last baby it was all done by blood work first.

Good to know it isn't CF.

I am so glad this info has helped you and honestly out of all the things you have tried, this will give a result, I only question the use of it long term without looking at the root cause of the problem.

But you shouldn't need to clean her out before you start. It can remove a blockage provided adequate fluid intake is maintained. It may take a day or two maybe 3, but she will go and it will be a large soft poop. But please follow up with a pediatrician asap. This isn't something you want her on long term at all. Not at that age.

Especially since her body is still learning how to move food through its system etc. you don't want it to become dependent on this. If that happens you are looking at a lot of years of fixing things. Better to find out now for sure what is causing the problem to begin with, deal with the root and hopefully she will have a normal bowel life after.

Good Luck and keep us posted about the ped.

Mel - posted on 04/12/2011

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doctor said to cut out lactulose and everyting else before starting this, is that a good idea considering she is going to be in severe pain tomorow since she couldnt go today? I readthis takes 1-3 days to work

Mel - posted on 04/12/2011

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I didnt even know what cf was had to look it up. Glad to know she doesnt have it since they are screened at birth. I will ask next week for a refferal to a pediatrician if needed. Thankyou thankyou thankyou tara I cant tell you how much your post made me feel positive about using this product and about the fact that it might work. Doctor asked how much water she was having i said I only give it to her with her solids meals she said it was important to get her to drink alot of water, and also did not understand wehy my chilkd nurse had told me not to use the fruit juice. She asked if I was given a reason. I said I was given reasons here here, but I dont recallwith child health. About the weight loss and muscle tone she really cant afford to lose any of either as she is still quite far behind development wise. I might phone one of the peds I know are good around my area who dealt with my older daughter see if they can possibly see her iwthout putting her on a massive waiting list. I dont like my luck with that though. Shes had no other testing as we have presumed it is all not getting enough fluids considering she was fine on the formula, but after reading all the responses through now I wil get a refferal to a ped next week if I cant get in touch with one of the ones I alreadyhave contact details for. Thankyou! Words cant explain how much this info has helped me

Stifler's - posted on 04/12/2011

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I agree with the others, demand a referral to a paediatrician/specialist on this one. Especially if she's younger than 2 years.

Nikki - posted on 04/12/2011

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Tara they do the cf test, the basic one anyway at birth here. You only got ahead with the sweat test if the blood work is positive. The results are given to parents by the time our babies are 6-8 weeks old, so unless she is already diagnosed it wouldn't be cf.

Jodi - posted on 04/12/2011

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That's why I asked the question Tara. In Australia, we can't see a pediatrician without a referral, so I was concerned when she mentioned it was just the GP. I question our GP all the time. No doctor can know everything about everything. My son had some constipation issues when he was about 2 1/2 and it was all good and fine to treat the symptoms until I could get an appointment with a pediatrician, but pediatricians are far more specialised and the CAUSE needs to be checked properly. I wouldn't trust my GP on this particular issue if it were me......

Tara - posted on 04/12/2011

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I have to say I thought she was seeing a pediatrician. If this is just a GP then I would demand a referral to a Ped.
The use of an osmotic laxative on a baby isn't unusual, but it should be done under the direction of a ped. not a GP.
And part of the reason for that is the need for consistent monitoring.
Has she had a sweat test for CF? Have they checked her intestines for any abnormalities? Have they done a soft tissue ultrasound on her colon? Have they done blood work to ensure she is not deficient in anything?
These are all tests my ped did on my daughter when she was 2 or so, to rule out anything before prescribing anything.
I would be wary of a doc who wants to give an infant a lax without first investigating other possible problems and I would only take it when prescribed by a ped. a GP doesn't know enough about infants and children. Go to a Ped.

Jodi - posted on 04/12/2011

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Mel, I think I would personally ask for a referral to a pediatrician to investigate the cause. It is fantastic that you are getting a solution to the symptoms, but I do think it is worth a visit with a pediatrician to discuss the cause, and make sure that this solution is not just masking an underlying problem. Go ahead and treat it, but I would still ask for the referral.

Nikki - posted on 04/12/2011

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I would talk to the doctor about ensuring there is not a blockage in her bowel because I think certain laxatives can cause problems if there is an underlying condition. Or consider getting a referral to a specialist. I would presume they would either take an x ray or an ultrasound to check out the intestines.

Which is what Jodi is saying, it's really important with babies and children not to just treat symptom but to investigate and find the underlying issue, otherwise it could make matters worse.

Mel - posted on 04/12/2011

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I saw a GP, shes going back in a week if Osmolax hasnt fixed the problem. I asked the pharmacist he said as long as shes having water and fibre its fine and only half the dosage that a 2 yr old would have so half a sachet. I dont know about blockages...she couldnt go today still hasnt been able to. Seems like it helps things to move along quicker. Seems like everythings moving quick enough since she can go every day but shes just getting constipated very quickly. Im crossing my fingers and toes this works. I guess I will have to unblock her before it will start working then. I was hoping they would unblock her today with an enema or something so I didnt have to stress about it when she does do agian she had hell the other night. I understand this is a common problem but not always so severe. They gave me a print up on constipation. Should I try to get her completely unblocked before I start the Osmolax powder?

Jodi - posted on 04/12/2011

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Mel, what sort of doctor did you see? Was it a pediatrician or a GP? I'd be very wary of a doctor prescribing laxatives to such a young child without any investigation of the cause.......I don't think they should just be treating the symptoms because it is ultimately going to cause more problems than is good for her.

Mel - posted on 04/12/2011

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I saw a GP, shes going back in a week if Osmolax hasnt fixed the problem. I asked the pharmacist he said as long as shes having water and fibre its fine and only half the dosage that a 2 yr old would have so half a sachet. I dont know about blockages...she couldnt go today still hasnt been able to. Seems like it helps things to move along quicker. Seems like everythings moving quick enough since she can go every day but shes just getting constipated very quickly. Im crossing my fingers and toes this works. I guess I will have to unblock her before it will start working then. I was hoping they would unblock her today with an enema or something so I didnt have to stress about it when she does do agian she had hell the other night. I understand this is a common problem but not always so severe. They gave me a print up on constipation. Should I try to get her completely unblocked before I start the Osmolax powder?

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