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Infant Glycerin Suppositories Dosage
Senna - Glycerin: Both glycerin and senna laxatives are rather safe, but they do work in different ways. Senna is considered a stimulant laxative and glycerin is a lubricant. Depending on the cause of the constipation, glycerin is the "gentler" option. However, I have seen situations where both senna and glycerin suppositories were used together. ...Read more
Glycerin vs enema: Depends on the situation. Gylcerin suppository is a lubricant that dissolves in your rectum for gentler passage of stool. A fleets enema is reserved for substantial constipation or impaction; it's a saline laxative drawing water into your colon and goes further up the colon and works around hard stools beyond the rectum. Generally, it's not uncommon to try glycerin first, then fleets. ...Read more
3 1/2 yr old with constipation...Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe? If so, what is recommended dosage?
Miralax (polyethylene glycol): Miralax (also called polyethylene glycol 3350) is frequently given to infants. It is non-absorbable and helps soften stools by increasing water content. Dosing is adjusted every few days until 1 soft stool per day is occurring. A typical starting dose would be 8.5 grams (1/2 capful) daily. ...Read more
Can you use a suppository for Hemroids preparation H right after using Fleet Glycerin Suppositories for constipation ?
Constipation: If you are requiring the use of suppositories for constipation, you should also be asking why are you conspitated. Something causing physical near obstruction, poor bowel motility, or poorly balanced nutrition and fiber intake? You should check these out first before you venture further in your present quest to deal with your constipation issue. ...Read more
Yes, but lower dose: Docusate (doss) is safe for children and it has pediatric dosing tables; do not give a child an adult dose. I would check the medication insert or online at doss's site for this to most accurately dose for pediatrics. Otherwise, it is safe for use in children and I have given my daughter pediatric docusate before. I hope this helps! ...Read more
Depends: Formula is not paperclips. There can be minor differences in the ingredients that babies gut may deal with differently.This can result in changes in digestive patterns, cramping,loose stools,constipation etc.while switching back and forth. That said, some kids won't notice any difference and will do well,(or poorly) on one or both. Best find one that works and stick with it. ...Read more
Ok for breastfeeding mother to take ducolax or miralax (polyethylene glycol)? Baby is 13 weeks. If not, what stool softening med is safe?
Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is safe: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is a safe and effective stool softener for breastfeeding mothers. There is little to no systemic absorption of this medication. To help with issues of constipation also suggest increased exercise, increased hydration with water, and a balanced diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, and items high in fiber. ...Read more
If used properly: Glycerin irritates the bowel lining, causing it to secrete fluids that help relieve constipation. It has no direct cardiac effects. If used to the point that it causes severe diarrhea, there can be changes in your electrolytes which can cause abnormal heart rhythm changes. The insertion of a suppository in the rectum can cause vagal nerve stimulation, rarely resulting in low heart rate and BP ...Read more
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