... dose of MiraLax, he gets constipated. Foods that are supposed to be a natural laxitive (prunes, apple juice, etc.) do not help. I have tried everything I can think of. We do not even know what caused this very sudden condition (he was severely impacted and we did not know). The doctors for the past two years have not been any help. I am very concerned for his overall health. His current diagnosis is failure to thrive because he is not gaining any weight (he still wears a size 18 month shorts). He has had two upper/lower GIs, 3 barrium swallows, and various x-rays but that is all the testing that has been done to see what could be causing this condition. It is as if whatever I feed up stops him up. I don't know what else to try until we can find the answer to his underlying condition.Does any one have any suggestions on what I can try to keep him regular without having to use such a high dose of laxitive every day? He is currently taking adult doses and has been for the past two years. Please... Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Its rather sad to read regarding the young child and his chronic constipation problems.
Isabgol is the husk obtained from Psyllium plant, hope you can but it form a pharmacy, usually sold as OTC, this has no side effects and is a remarkable medication for constipation.
Please read more details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psyllium_seed_husks
Some details on Isabgol:
Isabgol does not give any side effects, as it is not absorbed in the body. Isabgol does not interact with any other drugs and also does not interfere with the absorption of other essential substances such as vitamins and mineral. However Isabgol should not be used if the person has vomiting, fever and abdominal pain. This product should not be taken along with any other medication, as the desired effects of the medication will be reduced.
Isabgol is a common additive in many of the high fiber breakfast cereals and bulk forming laxatives. It can also be taken as a daily dietary supplement but is not essential for persons who consume high fiber foods.
Hope the info helps? Please do let me know, thanks.
vitamin E oil is a wonderful vitamin for this problem, it comes in a gel cap so it goes down easily, although its a pretty large gel cap, its not so large a 4 year old couldn't take it. It does take a few days to start working, but once it does, continue giving it daily and it should keep him regular. Apple cider is always good to keep you regular and most kids love the taste. coffee, amazingly, is another great laxative. maybe a bit of decaf in the morning? sounds crazy, but ask some elderly people, and they will tell you that it works.
hopefully Something here will work for you... when my son was a baby we used molassis, but due to the awful taste of it, you may have a hard time getting a 4 year old to drink anything with it mixed in. ginger snaps have molassis in them, so maybe a half dozen ginger snaps a day would help out... anythings worth a try to get a child's weight up, I can imagine you are about frantic by now.
Does he have a torched colon? (twisted colon) I have one, but that seems to be something my gastro forgot to tell me about after my colonoscopy. Humm, do you think maybe I would have like to have known that? Why should I have found that out on my report and not by him? All of the typical remedies don't work for me. I can eat 7 packs of prunes and still be constipated. I would take him to another gastro. I've been constipated for well over 35 years and I'm sorry, but constipation happens for a reason. the medical field just tells you to eat more bulk and fiber, but there has to be a reason why we are constipated all the time, they're just to lazy to look for the real reason.
What about fluids? Are you pushing enough fluids? I too am dealing with chronic constipation. I don't want to hurt my body, but the gastro guy found nothing wrong. For myself, things move better the days I have 5 or 6 servings of fruits and veg's. no cheese, no bread!
so sorry about your situation, and hope you and your little trooper find the right Doc.
Many reports of stunted growth have resulted from lnger than the manufacturer's recommended dosing for only seven days. Miralax is NOT FDA approved for children. You can view a copy of the petition to the FDA against Mitalax, as well as a lengthy and growing list of side effects on Facebook at ParentsAgainstMiralax.
As a nurse, I like using ocean minerals 100XConcentrate, that have dosing for infants and children, can never overdose, but increased dose can give liquid stool and stimulate a sometimes needed 'clean out'. This is safe and much better than Miralax. Www.BlueOceanMinerals.com
- MiraLax Information for Consumers
- MiraLax Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of MiraLax (detailed)
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