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Can my 2 1/2 year old use miralax (polyethylene glycol) longterm? We believe constipation stems from daily diphenhydramine

Can my 2 1/2 year old use miralax (polyethylene glycol) longterm? We believe constipation stems from daily diphenhydramine

Yes: Since it is basically a wetting agent and not a true laxative, its actions are benign. I have used it in a monitored setting for a year with no problems, though most will respond to a good bowel rehab program in 6 months or less. ...Read more

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2 year old on miralax (polyethylene glycol) with ash gray stool?

2 year old on miralax (polyethylene glycol) with ash gray stool?

Pancreas? See Dr.: Sounds like an issue with pancreas. Need to be seen by pediatrician for evaluation and possible referral to gastroenterology. ...Read more

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2 yr old has ALL & has been on chemo for 10 months. She has Severe constipation to the point of screaming in pain. Won't take Miralax.

2 yr old has ALL & has been on chemo for 10 months. She has Severe constipation to the point of screaming in pain. Won't take Miralax.

Constipation: Miralax may be more palatable if mixed in with fruit juice such as apple or white grape juice. If she will not take miralax mixed in juice, pediatric fleet's enema or glycerin suppositories are the alternatives. She may also have anal fissures due to the constipation that is adding to the pain. Follow up with her pediatrician if constipation and pain persists. ...Read more

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3 1/2 yr old with constipation...Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe? If so, what is recommended dosage?

3 1/2 yr old with constipation...Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe? If so, what is recommended dosage?

Constipation Miralax (polyethylene glycol): Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is safe in children 6 months of age and older. Start with 0.5 gm/kg in 4-8 oz fluids once daily. Can increase gradually to 1.5 gm/kg. ...Read more

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Sons on miralax, (polyethylene glycol)2 cap fills a day since he 2 yo, now he's 7. Recently Ex-Lax has been added every other day for constipation. Long term side affects?

Sons on miralax, (polyethylene glycol)2 cap fills a day since he 2 yo, now he's 7. Recently Ex-Lax has been added every other day for constipation. Long term side affects?

Constipation: Long term use of Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is not associated with any long term side effects. The same can not be said for ex lax. I do not want to counter the advice given by his doctor as I do not know his medical history and how severe his constipation is. The problem with laxatives when they are used long term is the body gets used to them and then we can't go without them, but if he isn't anyway no problem. ...Read more

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7 yo son not potty on his own. Since 2yo been on miralax (polyethylene glycol) n now ex lax. GI specialist suggest he's unwilling to go and is holding it. What to do!?

7 yo son not potty on his own. Since 2yo been on miralax (polyethylene glycol) n now ex lax. GI specialist suggest he's unwilling to go and is holding it. What to do!?

Constipation: Has your child been on laxatives since the age of 2 seems a very long time laxative use causes a lot of water minerals and if your child does not rehydrate it only makes the problem worse. Please have your primary care to have a team of professionals that include a psychologist psychiatrist or counselor and a dietician support from family and friends will greatly aid in successful outcome ...Read more

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Is it safe to use miralax (polyethylene glycol) for a 3 year old?

Is it safe to use miralax (polyethylene glycol) for a 3 year old?

Yes: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is probably the most commonly used medicine for constipation in pediatrics. Pediatricians and pediatric gastroenterologists use it for children even younger than your child. I would recommend discussing with your pediatrician the dosage, the length of expected treatment and when your doctor wishes to see your child back for a recheck. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give a 1 year old miralax (polyethylene glycol) and how much dose should I give?

Is it safe to give a 1 year old miralax (polyethylene glycol) and how much dose should I give?

Usually OK: I would see the pediatrician first and discuss the constipation issue. If you have not already tried start with apple juice/prune juice, try more fruits and vegetables before trying other meds. ...Read more

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Can I mix miralax (polyethylene glycol) in milk for my2 year old son that suffers from comstipation.

Can I mix miralax (polyethylene glycol) in milk for my2 year old son that suffers from comstipation.

Yes: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) can be mixed in just about anything. I like to have patients mix it with gatorade. It can be mixed in yogurt as well. ...Read more

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My 5 year old son does not poop every day, but when he does, it is quite large &he cries. Is he constipated? How much Miralax should I give?

My 5 year old son does not poop every day, but when he does, it is quite large &he cries. Is he constipated? How much Miralax should I give?

Constipation: Increasing water intake and increasing fiber intake are good ideas. You can give 1/2 of the dose of Miralax, but why not try something a little more child friendly? There are fiber gummies, or my personal favorite, Bush's baked beans. Half cup a day. ...Read more

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My 8 year old daughter has had to be on laxatives since she was 6 weeks old. She is currently on miralax (polyethylene glycol) and dulcalax. Any risks to long term use?

My 8 year old daughter has had to be on laxatives since she was 6 weeks old. She is currently on miralax (polyethylene glycol) and dulcalax. Any risks to long term use?

Laxatives: Laxatives are usually used in addition to eating high fiber diet to help regulate bowel movement. There have been recent studies tring to identify if there is association between obessive compulsive disorder and tremor and laxatives. Still the jury is out.
Constipation need to be treated with behavioral modifications to help trigger children to go to the bath around the same time every day ...Read more

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My 3 year old son swallowed the foot of an action figure saturday night and has not had a bm since. I have him miralax (polyethylene glycol) but should I wait to call dr?

My 3 year old son swallowed the foot of an action figure saturday night and has not had a bm since. I have him miralax (polyethylene glycol) but should I wait to call dr?

INGESTIONS: As long as he is not vomiting, there is no abdominal distention or he is not in pain, watchful waiting. Make sure he drinks enough fluid. Avoid fried, fatty/oily/cheesy food; give more leafy vegetables, some prune juice. If not comfortable, check with his pediatrician. ...Read more

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I gave my three year old son Miralax (polyethylene glycol) once last week to help with mild constipation and his stool has been loose and green for about 5-6 days ever since. Is that normal? Should I be concerned?

I gave my three year old son Miralax (polyethylene glycol) once last week to help with mild constipation and his stool has been loose and green for about 5-6 days ever since. Is that normal? Should I be concerned?

Possibly miralax (polyethylene glycol): The color of this poo is normal and nothing to worry about. What dose of miralax (polyethylene glycol) did he get? It would not be unusual for miraax to cause several days of loose stools. Is his belly distended? Any blood in the stool? Any exposures to reptiles or family members cooking chitlins? Another alternative to miralax (polyethylene glycol) is mineral oil to soften stools without the associated "blowouts" we see with miralax (polyethylene glycol). ...Read more

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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?

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?

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! ...Read more

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My 8 year old daughter has been on miralax (polyethylene glycol) since she was a year old. For the past 2 years she has had a skin rash on elbows and knees. Any link possib?

My 8 year old daughter has been on miralax (polyethylene glycol) since she was a year old. For the past 2 years she has had a skin rash on elbows and knees. Any link possib?

DETAILS????: Why is the child using a laxative? If there is not a very, very good reason, this needs serious attention from a DR, preferably a gastroenterologist. No, the rash, probably eczema or psoriasis, is not due to miralax (polyethylene glycol). This is best addressed by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What to do about constipation in 3 year old? 3 year old doesn't want to use potty---holds it. Is taking miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily. Eats fiber bars. Doesn't like apple juice. Is constipated. Rectal suppository not working.

What to do about constipation in 3 year old? 3 year old doesn't want to use potty---holds it. Is taking miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily. Eats fiber bars. Doesn't like apple juice. Is constipated. Rectal suppository not working.

More miralax (polyethylene glycol): Talk to your doctor, but if she is still constipated on MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) she may need a higher dose of miralax (polyethylene glycol). If she is eating fiber bars make sure she is drinking plenty of water. She should also sit on the toilet for at least 15 minutes after each meal. Get her a foot stool so it is more comfortable to sit on the toilet that long. If all that doesn't help, she should see a pediatric GI doctor. ...Read more

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5 year old w/pain in belly button area. Already tried miralax (polyethylene glycol) and had x-ray. No fever or vomitting but pain is getting worse especially at bedtime.?

5 year old w/pain in belly button area. Already tried miralax (polyethylene glycol) and had x-ray. No fever or vomitting but pain is getting worse especially at bedtime.?

Stomachache: Did the x-ray show impacted stools? Is he regular going to the bathroom? Does he hold his poops? During the day, he's probably too busy and isignoring the pain. With the history you have supplied, his doctor has probably examined him. It looks like he is constipated. Continue giving him the MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) but add more fluids (water, prune juice) and fiber (fruits, vegetables, cereals, bran). ...Read more

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10 year old constipation with vomiting almost a month now. Dr said miralax (polyethylene glycol) enema suppository. None working. Fired pediatrician. Options?  

10 year old constipation with vomiting almost a month now. Dr said miralax (polyethylene glycol) enema suppository. None working. Fired pediatrician. Options?  

Dietary, lifestyle &: Psychosocial issues contribute to chronic functional constipation in school-age kids, See m.hopkinsmedicine. Org/healthlibrary/conditions/pediatrics/constipation_in_children_90, P01986/. If abdominal X-ray shows the need, oral Golytely is given for "clean-out", then daily Miralax (polyethylene glycol) for at least 6 mos. Vomiting may also be stress-related; rarely a GI disease can cause both. See a Pediatric GI doctor. ...Read more

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12 year old miralax (polyethylene glycol) 2 capfulls 3x day plus 3 senna day for constipation. 3 days today enema still has stomach pain from constipation?

12 year old miralax (polyethylene glycol) 2 capfulls 3x day plus 3 senna day for constipation. 3 days today enema still has stomach pain from constipation?

Go for exam: You've done as much as possible on your own. Now it is time for a professional to do a good exam and offer treatment. Don't wait. Chronic constipation can cause other problems including appendix infection, etc. Get to a clinic or doctor now. ...Read more

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4 year old daughter has chronic stomach pain, even wakes her at night. Dr just says she has to poop and to use Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) she has bm everyday w/o it.

4 year old daughter has chronic stomach pain, even wakes her at night. Dr just says she has to poop and to use Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) she has bm everyday w/o it.

Time for consult: If your PCP has not been able to explain this issue to your satisfaction, contact a pediatric Gastroenterologist or developmental pediatrician. Basically, if the kid makes 5oz of poo/day and only empties 4, they are retain enough to overstretch the colon and make it unable to empty properly. Chronic pain is common. Rehabilitation can take 6mo to a year with a good program. ...Read more

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17 years old and a male. Every time I pee I dribble urine for 10 minutes. I went to the doctor and they tried flomax, (tamsulosin) miralax, exlax- no solution. Help?

17 years old and a male. Every time I pee I dribble urine for 10 minutes. I went to the doctor and they tried flomax, (tamsulosin) miralax, exlax- no solution. Help?

Cysto and ultrasound: You need more work up. You could have an anatomical problem like a stricture or even something you were born with that gets worse. Your urologist should do a cystoscopy, renal ultrasound and maybe VCUG. ...Read more

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I have a 10 yr old son who has had constipation issues for about 4 years, his pediatrician suggest miralax (polyethylene glycol) but no matter what I mix it with he will not drink it. What can I give him as an alternative?

Constipation: Constipation is a common problem in children and it is very critical to treat as it can leads to a lot of medical issues including abd. Pain, anal fissure, nocturnal enuresis, mega colon and intestinal obstruction in severe cases.
The best treatment is to avoid dry food, add fibers to the diet, increase water intake, advise to have daily toilet visit, and exercise and then laxatives. ...Read more

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Can Miralax eventually stop working? I've been on Miralax and prune juice everyday for almost a year prescribed by gastro. Is this safe?

Can Miralax eventually stop working? I've been on Miralax and prune juice everyday for almost a year prescribed by gastro. Is this safe?

Safe: You could increase the dose. This is safe medication. If you are having diarrhea on it stop or reduce dose. Goal is to achieve soft stools that are easy to pas ...Read more