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Advice please about giving Miralax
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seeit2 posted:
I've been reading previous posts about constipation and UTIs and am nodding my head- DD just had an appt with a urologist after repeated infections and they put her on a daily dose of Miralax. So I'm looking for advice about giving it to your DCs - do you give it at night, or in the morning? Do they really have to drink 8 full ounces of fluids with it? How do you make them drink all of it without making it a big deal? If I give it to DD in the morning will she be pooping all day at school?

I appreciate any input you guys can give me. This is totally new territory for us.

Deb
Esmerelda Supercalifragilistic (41) DD (5) DS (2) Just eat it, will ya
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baby1at35 responded:
I typically give it at dinner time. I have noticed it standardly takes around close to 24 hrs to "kick in" so to speak. Sometimes he is good by the morning.
I mix in his milk and tell him exactly what it is for.
I have also mixed in juice as well.
I have had to play with the dose to get it just right so it is "too much". He can have up to a whole capful but we only need 1/2 capful.
Me (42) 2 busy boys 6 yrs and 5 yrs
 
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Stephensmom1214 responded:
I give it in the morning, because that's when he's thirstiest, and we just get it out of the way. It goes in his juice. He usually is a morning pooper now, but since he only goes to school in the afternoons, it's ok. I'm not sure how it will all work next school year when it's all day.

We had to play with the dosages too, and still have to change it up sometimes, depending on what all he's been eating and or drinking. But it definitely works!
Patty, Erik, and Stephen (12/14/06)
 
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mrswhitecastle responded:
Our pedi's advice was to give it after school. If you give it in the morning, they may have to go at school. If you give it at night, they may have to go while they are sleeping.

We give it right after school for their snack. I mix it with milk and Nesquick. I've never tasted the Miralax, but I if it does taste chalky, I figure the Nesquick should mask it. Since it is right after school, Emily is always thirsty and a bit hungry, so it goes down quickly. I'll also confess, when I mix it, I still mix it in a sippy cup. That way, they can take it in the family room and drink it while watching TV.

They both know they are getting it and why, and will sometimes ask for extra if they notice they need it.
Emily (7) Elizabeth (5)
 
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mrswhitecastle replied to mrswhitecastle's response:
What all did the urologist say about the UTIs? Did they have her do that test with the MRI and catheter?
Emily (7) Elizabeth (5)
 
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seeit2 replied to mrswhitecastle's response:
No, we just had one infection that refused to go away, the pedi admitted defeat pretty early and sent us to a specialist. At first I thought he was over-reacting but it was totally the right move. They did an ultrasound but nothing more than that and a long conversation with both of us.


We explained to DD why she was getting the miralax and expected a fight - but she's glad to do it. So it must be a bigger problem for her than she was letting on, poor baby. Thanks for all of the hep you guys!
Esmerelda Supercalifragilistic (41) DD (5) DS (2) Just eat it, will ya


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