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A 17-year-old female asked:

My one year old has constant painful stools (constipation) what can i do? someone told me to give him a little miralax (polyethylene glycol). can that help or harm him?

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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Increase fluids: Most important to constipation is to make sure the child is getting plenty of fluids. At 12 months, can add a few ounces of water to daily milk intake, and if stools are harder than normal, a few ounces of juice can be added from a cup as well. Don't get into habit of juice from a bottle. Add extra fiber to diet. If persists, talk to doc about what meds may help, like miralax- can be very helpful!
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