Many pediatricians say it’s OK to give your child Miralax. The manufacturer’s site advises that it’s “for adults and children 17 years of age and older” and says to consult a doctor for children 16 and younger.
Is Miralax safe for babies?
Miralax is a very good stool softener for children ages 6 months and up. It works by bringing more water into the colon, softening the stool and making it easier to pass. It is very safe and is not habit forming.
Is it safe for a child to take Miralax everyday?
Medications containing PEG 3350 are not labeled for use in anyone under 17, but MiraLAX is often recommended off-label by pediatricians to treat chronic constipation in kids — sometimes for extended periods of time, even though the label advises “use no more than 7 days.”
How often can you give a baby Miralax?
Although the label says to only use in adults and only for 2 weeks, this medicine is felt to be safely used for months to years and can be used in toddlers too. Because this medication is so safe and dosing is only a general guideline feel free to increase your child’s dose or give more often (2-3 times daily).
Can you give a 3 month old miralax?
If the baby’s constipation is persistent, it is easily treated. I recommend Miralax® or a generic version, the same medication that an adult would use. Once or twice a day, you can dissolve a teaspoon or two in an ounce or so of water or the baby’s milk, and give it to the baby in a bottle, syringe or spoon.
Is miralax safe for a 1 year old?
The starting Miralax dose for children ages 1-5 years is 1 teaspoon per year of age daily. (For example, a 3 year old child would get 3 teaspoons of Miralax.) This dose can then be increased or decre teaspoon every third day until the child is having daily soft stools.
Can MiraLAX be harmful?
Tell your doctor if you experience serious side effects of MiraLAX including severe or bloody diarrhea, bleeding from your rectum, blood in your stools, or severe and worsening stomach pain, cramping, or bloating.
Why is MiraLAX bad?
However, one commonly prescribed laxative medication, MiraLAX, has been the focus of significant parental apprehension due to concerns that its active ingredient, polyethylene glycol 3350 (PEG 3350), may be linked to tremors, tics, obsessive-compulsive behaviors and aggression in children following its use.
What can I give my child instead of MiraLAX?
Natural Alternatives to Miralax
Include fruits and vegetables with every meal and snack to ensure there is adequate fiber intake. Fiber helps keep your child regular. Fiber allows more water to remain in the poop and bulks up the poop which leads to a softer, easier to pass stool.
What are the side effects of long term use of miralax?
Diarrhea is more likely to happen if you take more than the recommended dosage. Seniors also have a higher risk of diarrhea. In one study, about 11 percent of those taking MiraLAX for chronic constipation had diarrhea as a side effect. In seniors, about 13 percent had diarrhea.
How long can a child stay on miralax?
How long do we use Miralax? Miralax should be used until a child can easily pass stools daily that are a 4 on the scale below. Most children need to be on the Miralax for 6-12 months.