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Can I buy stool softeners for kids?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Safe for most kids

Docusate (per pdr) helps moisten & soften hard, dry stools.
It is not true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 hours. This is safe & available for children over 2, & assumes normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or instrinsic obstruction. Change in bowels is a "red flag", like weight loss or blood in stool, that needs evaluation if persistent.

In brief: Safe for most kids

Docusate (per pdr) helps moisten & soften hard, dry stools.
It is not true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 hours. This is safe & available for children over 2, & assumes normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or instrinsic obstruction. Change in bowels is a "red flag", like weight loss or blood in stool, that needs evaluation if persistent.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Dr. Charles Cattano
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Mirilax

Despite its name this is a product that just grabs water molecules when it is moistened that are not easily removed during digestion.
As such it moistens the stool & prevents it from becoming hard. It has been my go to softener for decades.

In brief: Mirilax

Despite its name this is a product that just grabs water molecules when it is moistened that are not easily removed during digestion.
As such it moistens the stool & prevents it from becoming hard. It has been my go to softener for decades.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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