By Judy Langelier
Make sure you know what you are giving your child. As parents we try so hard to keep our children safe and healthy. We ask the advice of our elders and professionals, and hope we are doing the best we can. Then you find an article that says something you have been giving your child for months, maybe even years
could be harmful to them and could even do permanent damage.
This is what happened to a number of parents at our center with an article about MiraLAX. MiraLAX is a gentle laxative typically prescribed to adults for use up to a week. MiraLAX contains Polyethylene Glycol 3350, which works to replenish water in the digestive system to relieve constipation. But MiraLAX was never meant to be prescribed for children, and now has become a household staple for infant parents. So as parents, what do we do? Do we believe it? Do we stop giving it? What do you think?
Here are some more discussions on the use of MiraLAX for infants:
NY Times Article on MiraLAX May, 2012
TheBump.com community forum on MiraLAX
Judy Langelieris the Lead InfantTeacher at The Children’s Workshop in South Dennis, MA. A loving Mother and Grandmother, Judy has over 20 years of experience in the early education and child care industry. Judy has been with The Children’s Workshop since the South Dennis location opened in 2008. Every day she shares her knowledge, wisdom and nurturing experience with the teachers, students and families that frequent her center. For this reason, she was granted the 2012 Star Educator Award, which recognizes the top educator out of The Children’s Workshop’s 19 early learning centers.
As a psychotherapist, I see many toiletting issue that concern parents. The movement of liberal parenting that focusses almost solely on the child's "self-esteem" has caused countless problems for children. I don't question that there may be some medical reasons for constipation in children, however, in my experience that is the rare exception. The American diet is atrocious! Between the American diet and permissive parenting, a problem of being all bound up is produced. While Dr. Brazelton offered parents of our day MANY great things, I venture to say that in my opinion he got the toileting all wrong. He isn't the only or the first to take parents down this road of children having some emotional need to keep their BMs. Oh, I could say so much more, but this isn't my blog:)
2/20/2013 05:33:38 am
My daughter has been on the Ketogenic diet since 8 months old. She's now 18. Carbohydrates cause her to seize, so she's on a high fat diet. Little veggies and specks of fruit, so needles to say, constipation is a way of life for us. I treat her with Miralax, the only lo carb option. Script by neurologist and nutritionist. We've had nothing but positive results. Misuse is abuse.
2/25/2013 09:14:47 am
My 28 week preemie, who is now 2 years old, has been constipated since she was only a few weeks old. Changing foods, formulas, drinks, etc. Nothing works. Miralax, just 1/4 teaspoon once a day, does the trick. For me, the alternative is worse! Having to hold your screaming child while they try to push out a BM That is larger than your own....or helping them with it. NOTHING is worth that ever!
2/25/2013 03:22:57 pm
Oh, Yes, that too! The poor kid was so frightened of the impending pain of passing a softball sized stool, that she'd have a grand mal....yes Milalax is a Godsend!
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