There’s a lot to unpack with MiraLax, and enough questions and concerns to make any parent feel unsure about the safest way to handle their child’s constipation.
And I’ll let the FDA and The Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia have the final say on the dangers of it.
But here’s what I do know about the safest and most effective way to treat constipation.
PREVENT IT FROM HAPPENING IN THE FIRST PLACE.
It’s important to note that MiraLax is NOT a solution to the problem, it’s just a bandaid for the symptoms.
In other words,
The sleepless nights, stomach cramps and severe pain is NOT the problem.
Neither is being constipated.
The real problem is “the thing” causing constipation.
If you solve that, there’s no need to even worry about Laxatives like MiraLax.
Think of it like this,
If your kitchen caught on fire and the smoke alarms were blaring…
Would you dump water on the alarm?
Or on the fire?
Sure, the sound of the alarm is loud and obnoxious, but it’s NOT the problem.
It’s just alerting you to the real problem…which is the fire.
The same is true with your child and constipation.
Somewhere there’s a fire.
Which is almost always related to their gut and inflammation.
The constipation is just the alarm.
And when you rely on MiraLax to quiet the ear-piercing noise of the alarm, you end up ignoring the real problem…and the fire spreads.