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.”
Is Miralax safe to take long term?
MiraLAX is used for short-term treatment of constipation and long-term treatment of chronic constipation. It’s also used for bowel prep before colonoscopy. Dulcolax is used for short-term treatment of constipation. It should not be used long-term.
Can a child take Miralax daily?
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.
How long should a child take 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.
Is it harmful to take Miralax every day?
If your bowel movements become too loose or you develop diarrhea, you should avoid Miralax for a day or two, but then resume the Miralax at a lower dose (for example, ½ scoop daily or stay at one scoop but take it every other day).
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.
Can your body become dependent on MiraLAX?
Gentle Non-Stimulant Laxative: Miralax® (polyethylene glycol) works with our body’s natural process to relieve constipation. You must be adequately hydrated to achieve desired results (see hydration above). Avoid stimulant laxatives as our bodies can become dependent on them.
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.
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.
What can you give a child to help them poop?
To soften the stools and make them easier to pass, increase the amount of non-dairy fluid and fiber your child gets each day. High-fiber foods include fruits and fruit juices that contain sorbitol (prune, mango, pear), vegetables (broccoli, peas), beans, and whole-grain breads and cereals.
How do you remove impacted stool from a child?
Your child’s healthcare provider may prescribe an enema to help remove the impacted stool. An enema is a liquid that is placed in your child’s rectum. It helps loosen the hard, dry stool. Never give your child an enema without the approval of your child’s healthcare provider.
How does miralax work in kids?
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.