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Laxative (Definition)

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Can an adult use a child's laxative?

Can an adult use a child's laxative?

Yes: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is a perfect example. It is often used in chidren and certainly can be used in adults. ...Read more

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Which laxative used for new born baby?

Which laxative used for new born baby?

I don't: Breast fed infants can go a little every feed or overflow a diaper once a week. If it is soft when they go it is not constipation & don't worry about it. Formula fed babies usually have a more predictable pattern of daily stools. If stools are getting hard, I often try full strength prune juice, 1oz once or more/d.Takes about 3d to get things moving. ...Read more

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Will taking laxative in pregnancy effect the baby?

Not recommended: Irritating laxatives (Ex-Lax, for example) aren't recommended in pregnancy because they can cause uterine contractions. What is generally recommended are stool softeners such as Docusate Sodium and Milk of Magnesia (magnesium hydroxide). Best wishes! ...Read more

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What will happen if I drink baby oil? Will it work as a laxative?

Wouldn't chance it!: Uncertain--i can find no exact references in pubmed re: ingestion of baby oil. Nevertheless, there are well characterized syndromes associated with aspiration of toxic oils with resulting pneumonitis, as well as in the 1990's an eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome associated with toxic-oil intake, diffuse fasciitis, & eosinophilia. Don't take a chance! Still in doubt, call the poison control center. ...Read more

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My baby is havingfsevere constipation. She is given plenty of fluids. We are forced to give her laxative and suppositorie still very painful.?

My baby is havingfsevere constipation. She is given plenty of fluids. We are forced to give her laxative and suppositorie still very painful.?

Diet change: You did not give the age of the baby. It is a very common problem and you often need o give suppositories and laxative (usually miralax, (polyethylene glycol) which is effective and safe), change diet and formula if he/she takes formula, and it still takes time. This may help: http://www. Healthychildren. Org/english/ages-stages/baby/diapers-clothing/pages/infant-constipation. Aspx. ...Read more

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Baby oil is purified mineral oil? Can it be used as a laxative?

Not a great idea: At 16 years of age you should not be using laxatives at all without a physician supervision. I doubt that your physician would advise the use of any oil based laxatives. I think you would do well with 8-10 glasses of water daily, bran, cereals, fresh fruits and vegetables. ...Read more

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Constipated for a long time now and depended on enema, laxative, etc. Now pregnant with 2nd baby and seriously constipated. Help!

Constipated for a long time now and depended on enema, laxative, etc. Now pregnant with 2nd baby and seriously constipated. Help!

Common problem: Constipation is a common problem in pregnancy. It is safe to use a fiber supplement, probiotics, a stool softener like colace, or a gentle laxative like miralax (polyethylene glycol). My concern is that the constipation was happening in between pregnancies (when things should have been getting back to normal). I'd like to know if your doctor has checked your thyroid function levels. Hypo-thyroid can cause constipation. ...Read more

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I am 5 weeks pregnant and have been very cinstipated I have taken a few laxatives to help me go to the toilet. Have I caused harm to my baby?

I am 5 weeks pregnant and have been very cinstipated I have taken a few laxatives to help me go to the toilet. Have I caused harm to my baby?

No: No, however a laxative cycle of constipation then laxative use can cause continued difficulty for both you and your fetus. Increase the amount of fiber that you are taking in your diet and talk to your OB MD about products that contain Psyllium that can help. ...Read more

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I am about 5 weeks pregnant and I have been constipated for about 3 weeks and I took 2 women's laxative and I'm scared it's going to harm my baby  ?

I am about 5 weeks pregnant and I have been constipated for about 3 weeks and I took 2 women's laxative and I'm scared it's going to harm my baby  ?

"Bricking" it up?: Constipation in pregnancy is very common in pregnancy so much so that you might think you need a union card in the "bricklayers association". Seriously, you need to increase your water intake, fruits such as raisins or prunes, evacuate after the first substantial meal of the day, and avoid constipating foods. Laxatives are "harsh" not recommended but will not harm the baby. Fails? Consult OB MD. ...Read more

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Ever since I was a baby I've had bowel problems but every doctor I go to tells me to take laxatives and eat fiber but it doesn't help?

Ever since I was a baby I've had bowel problems but every doctor I go to tells me to take laxatives and eat fiber but it doesn't help?

Refer To GI Doctor: Need more details. Please re-submit your question and include age, describe your "bowel problems" in detail so that we can analyze your symptoms. Were you given a diagnosis? The more information you can give us, the better. Have you had any tests done? Constipation since infancy can occur in certain congenital anomalies of the GI tract. Discuss with your doctor about referral to a GI specialist. ...Read more

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What is the best laxative?

What is the best laxative?

There is no "Best": Being "regular" is very important. There is no single solution for everyone. Adequate hydration (plenty of fluids), fiber, and stimulation of the colon will usually solve the problem. Magnesium helps many people. You can't "od" on magnesium, because it will cause diarrhea. Usually, 500-1, 500 mg will get you moving. Some people can handle more. Prunes are also a good stimulant. ...Read more