Constipation

Christina - posted on 03/17/2015 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Is miralax safe to give to a 35-40 pound four year old for constipation lasting three days?

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Sarah - posted on 03/18/2015

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3 days without going is not suppository time! That is VERY invasive. You really need to address this with your doc. and not on a forum. Miralax is safe, BUT not always recommended! It depends on your child and your child's system. This is why it is IMPORTANT to TALK TO YOUR DOC. As Chana stated usually the first step is diet and liquids to fix constipation as this is less invasive and a more natural way to fix the issue. Bottom line......GO TO YOUR DOC FOR MEDICAL QUESTIONS AS THEY ARE THE BEST PERSON TO ADVISE YOU AS TO WHAT TO DO! You can find all kinds of information on the internet or forums that is not correct.

Chana - posted on 03/18/2015

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My oldest had and still does of issues with constipation and the pediatrician recommended Miralax but at the time she had small amounts of blood in her stool from stretching her rectum. We had to do a complete "clean out" of her system under doctors supervision. Talk to your pediatrician, they will probably want to see the child and go from there. Once we got her system cleaned out she has been fine. Now she does take a daily fiber supplement and Miralax, as needed. There are certain foods that can cause constipation in children that I never knew before this and the 2 that stick in my mind are bananas and yogurt. Also constipation can happen if you don't drink enough. Just something to keep in mind.

Suzi - posted on 03/18/2015

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I dont believe miralax is safe at any age - the main ingredient (PEG) has been linked to urinary system trouble, musculoskeletal damage and possible brain damage. (Theres a Yahoo forum about this).

Its not waht you want to hear, but, since children of all ages need to do a dooh at least once daily (to prevent absorption of intestinal toxins) after three days its definitelky suppository time for your l.o.

Sarah - posted on 03/17/2015

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You need to talk to your doc. There is a certain dosage you need to go by for a 4 yr old. Also if 4 yr old has just not gone for 3 days but has had no other issues with going before then. Then before you do medicine there are things naturally that would be better.

Heather - posted on 03/17/2015

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Dr. told me to give my little girl Mirilax as early as 9 months. It is perfectly safe. Dr's didn't say this, but since it works by putting excess water into the colon, I would suggest that he/she drinks plenty of fluids. It can take 2 to 3 days to work though, so don't be alarmed if it doesn't help right away (it isn't technically a stool softener in the immediate since of the word).

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