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I would not give a chemical to help with a basic body function.... when it can mean many different things you'd rather solve such as mineral deficiency or gut flora problems.
I think even the manufacturer has said Miralax was not to be used long term?
Magnesium is much more preferable to use to loosen stool, we like Natural Calm brand. Many many people are deficient in this key nutrient.
Probiotics are also indicated as constipation is a sign of gut flora imbalance.
Gut flora imbalance and food allergies are also tied to sensory disorder, I know, I've seen it in my DS.
My daughter, 5, was put on Miralax around the time she was 3. She was weaned then so I cannot offer alot of help on that specifically. I did not see an increase in fluids though. She is still on it...and has never had signs of dehydration and has been growing well. We started her on the full 17 gram dose per her pediatrician's recommendation, to get things flowing so to speak, and very slowly started dropping it down. I tried a couple times to completely take her off of it, but she starts holding again. She does know that she takes "poop medicine" to make her poo softer, and the times I have tried to eliminate it, I did not tell her to make sure she wasn't expecting it to be a problem. She just really is that sensitive. We give her around 2-3 grams every other morning now.
The only other advice I would offer, is to try giving your daughter something heavy for her lap, or some toys or books on a tray while she poops - wait...that thinking that she is pooping on a toilet. We found that my daughter, before Miralax, found that to be a good coping method...and later, in talking to our pediatrician, she mentioned another patient who was in diapers then, who was also having difficulty, and he was crouching in a corner and pushing down on his legs with his arms...we were speculating together if the pressure input on the thighs helped distract from the sensitivity in the bum.
Best of luck, I know it is tough stuff...
I agree and we've tried several options. She is holding it - it's not physical, it's psychological at this point. Her diet is mainly fruits and veggies, she still nurses on demand 24 hrs a day and gets 2+ teaspoons of flax oil a day.
I will look into magnesium; she gets probiotics with yogurt. I am not happy to use miralax, but I don't want to see her with longer-term issues due to holding stool. She had a very painful stool about 6 months ago and has been withholding ever since. She has gone 9 days without moving her bowels.
She doesn't eat much or well when she hasn't pooped (I imagine she feels very full). I added the miralax with her water for the first time today and have very mixed feelings about it.
I am open to other suggestions, I really want to have this issue resolved - it's causing her so much pain and stress.
I've been trying to write this post all morning, sigh.
What worked for us:
1) Flax oil and ground flax seeds (mixed in just about everything!)
2) Natural Calm magnesium. I would mix this in DD's pear juice (which is also supposed to help move things along) in the morning. Really, I think the magnesium was the biggest help.
3) We started to make a big deal about poop. She came to the bathroom with us. We talked about the dog pooping, etc. When she pooped, we would make a big deal about flushing it in the toilet after her diaper change. She would flush and clap, then we would wash hands with extra bubbly soap. Basically, we were trying to make pooping more "fun" and show her that it is a normal part of everyone's day.
4) Try to encourage more water. At the time, DD was a huge nurser (still on-request), so getting her to drink water additionally was a challenge.
We found that apples tend to slow DD down. So, we've cut applesauce, apple juice, etc from her diet. She gets them only once in a while now.
It took a few months, but she now goes just about every day. She also likes to talk about her poop a lot now too, but hey, I don't mind as long as she's going!!!
Let me know if you have any questions or would like more detail. It's naptime (for both of us!). Good luck to you, I know it is hard to see your little one with such discomfort.
I finally got accepted on the yahoo miralax group. but so far no one is posting on there right now, or answering my posts.