miralax help

Shauna - posted on 01/12/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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ive heard alot of mums suggest miralax for babys constipation my daughter is 18 mths now and nothing works i need something quick now as shes suffered long enuf but im insure of this miralax as you cant buy it over the counter at any chemist any advice please x

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Kathy - posted on 01/16/2010

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Did I understand you correctly? You said you "can't buy Miralax over the counter"? Actually, you can. I buy it at Target or Rite Aid when it's on sale. My son is 7 and has been taking Miralax (and the same product by a different name when it was Prescription only) for about 4 or 5 years. I'd be interested in knowing if there are any long term side effects. He has a bowel movement everyday now. We use Miralax sporadically now also...maybe he gets a dose once a week now. He used to get a dose everyday. Your child is 18 months, I would definitely try to get advice from her doctor. If you read the label on the container of Miralax, it says "for adults and children 17 years or older" and "use no more than 7 days". Like I said, my son is only 7 and has been using Miralax for years now. The doctors seem to think that it's okay. It has been working...I just pray that he doesn't suffer for it later. Hope that helps. -Kathy

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Prune juice worked well for my 3 kids who are now grown. Apple juice also helped, probably at least partly because it's mostly water and constipation means the person needs more water. Bananas and cheese are foods to avoid when kids are constipated. Glycerin suppositories help when the situation is very bad. I would not recommend using pharmaceuticals nor mineral oil on a regular basis because there is always a chance that these could have unanticipated side effects in the long run.

Holly - posted on 01/14/2010

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Actually, you can buy Miralax over the counter. I get it at the supermarket where the stomach remedies are. I keep some one hand for my son, who often has this problem. Hope that helps.

Kayla - posted on 01/13/2010

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have you tried dark karo corn syrup? if you mix a few tablespoons in with her milk or juice it really works. It was suggested to me by my peds doctor for my daughter who had the same problem and it has always worked within hours.

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Lydia - posted on 01/17/2010

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Hi there I am an old mom, My third daughter was born with constipation she would get fevers and cry all the time took her a specialist for a long time but he just examine her and gave her medicine she was not getting better this went on for a long time believe i tried so many remedies no work she really was bad one day took her to her doc explaned him the problem and told me not to take her to that doc and said get an enema and she will do find I had to get the whole army to do that because she scream and kick but i did it and thanks God she was ok Now I am not telling you to do that because now things are so moderate . There is so many medications out there for childern Well good luck and I hope your problem get solve soon God Bless the little one

Alicia - posted on 01/17/2010

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Before drugs, try light corn syrup! it works wonders but takes a few days. I do once a day until the poo is soft and then repeat when necessary. Look it up on babycenter.com

Nancy - posted on 01/17/2010

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My son had terrible issues with constipation and very hard stools. I used a tablespoon of dark karo syrup in water from the time he was about 6 months old. It is easy on the system, tastes good and works great. Back off on things like bananas and cheese. As he got a little older and could eat cookies, I baked them myself and added oat bran, wheat germ and flaxseed to increase his fiber. I also increased the amount of water he got. The doctor had told me as an infant my son did not need water, just formula. But he was a summer baby in the south so I gave him a couple of bottles of water a day, usually with karo syrup. None of these cause cramps and basically work as stool softeners. Soften the stool and the constipation will ease up.

Lauren - posted on 01/16/2010

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miralax you can buy over the counter it is sold in any pharmacy. You might want to try prune juice, takes a little longer to work but the end result is the same.Pear juice also is good

Kaitlyn - posted on 01/16/2010

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I agree with Chris Woodell. I have a nephew who has had issues with constipation and they really try not to feed him bananas (tho they are his fav. fruit). Bananas can really play a big role in constipation. I'm not looking forward to that possibly happening to my lil one. She's 5 months and still breast feeding only.

Brenda - posted on 01/15/2010

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We've used miralax. It's OTC. It was hard to find the right dose. Too much made her get diarrhea, too little didn't work. Then, because both my husband and I have issues with gluten (wheat, rye, and barley), I made our home gluten free. No more issues with constipation. As I get older, I'm noticing that our diets play a huge part in our health. The food has become so processed, we hardly know what goes into it. I've had to learn to recognize some very strange ingredients. As a result, if I see ingredients I can't pronounce, I don't buy the product. A healthy diet makes a heathier body.

Tiffany - posted on 01/15/2010

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My pediatrician told me to get Miralax for my 3 year old with chronic constipation. He told me to give her about a half a tablespoon everyday. It seems to be working and she is not cramping or anything.

Debra - posted on 01/15/2010

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There are probiotics for infants that will help alot with constipation. They are a natural bacteria found in everyones digestive system, however babys need an infantis strain that is only found in infants and toddlers and that diminishes as they get older. Bifido bacteria are found in the colon and are essential for colon health. Most laxatives are either stool softners such as mineral oil which can bind to nutrients and should only be used as a last resort (fig syryp works better)or stimulate the nerves in the colon to move the bowel. Probiotics are supportive. They are immune enhancing (great for allergies, ear infections and preventing bug invasion ecoli, cold and flu bugs etc) regulate the ph of the digestive system and help to digest food. They should be available at a health store or naturopath. I would also eliminate dairy and wheat for a couple of weeks to see if this helps and try rice instead of pasta, and fortified almond milk,hemp milk,rice milk etc instead of dairy. Also talk to your pediatritian about any formulas (if she is still on one) that a allergenic free.

Alena - posted on 01/14/2010

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Another thing that you can do to help start to get things moving is gentle circle clock wise massage in the direction of the large intestines. (clock wise). Very light pressure is used. This will help move things with out using any medications. My daughters love it when I give them massages and that is the only thing that really helps my oldest daughter with her constipation

Wally - posted on 01/14/2010

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I always gave my kids Fennel tea, it is just herbal and works well for stomach cramps as well.

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My son has had and currently still has constipation problems and he is 8. My doctor didn't recommend miralax or mineral oil at that young of age, but definately check with your doctor. My doctor had me use suppositories on him. Not fun but it worked.

Cheryl - posted on 01/14/2010

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My daughter frequently had constipation issues. I did not like the miralax; it seemed like all it did was make the stools smellier. We began adding FiberSure to her drinks and gave her mineral oil every night; also used 1/2 ex-lax chocolate square as needed. This regimen has worked for her a lot better than miralax.

Celine - posted on 01/13/2010

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When it happened to my daughter the doctor suggested orange juice in the morning before anything else... with medecines as well.

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My daughter had a bad issue with constipation close to her 3rd year. The doctor suggested Mirilax. While it did work quickly and effectively it also gave her stomach cramps. The doctor told us that we could use it long term as it was gentle etc etc. Not everyone I have talked to has the cramps that my daughter had. It may have been because my baby was really constipated, but if you can find something natural that will work by all means go there first.

Siroun - posted on 01/13/2010

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*** MINERAL OIL **** it is tastless, odorless, and clear, 1 TBS in the morning, if your child can not take it mix it with OJ or Apple juice. It is all natural :) Good luck, been their done that :)

Megan - posted on 01/13/2010

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Yes, Miralax is OK for constipation but should not be used on a long term basis for small children. I have given it to children I worked with. We also would use some basic home remedies such as having the kids drink a tsp of I believe mineral oil---please check with your pharmacist or doctor about what it was.

Gwen - posted on 01/12/2010

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I've given my daughter fortified Rice Milk for the last year. She had HORRIBLE constipation and this has worked great, without medication.

Crystal - posted on 01/12/2010

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Shauna...one of my good friends daughter had a issue with constipation. If you daughter has teeth they have metamucil cruch bars that are good or you can go ole school and use Fletchers Castoria but it is slow acting. The metamucil will work in abotu 1-2 hours if she chews on the whole bar.

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