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Different Types of Constipation Medication for Kids
Constipation medications are broken down into the following general categories:
- Stool Softeners: Stool softeners for kids are oral or rectal, and work by drawing water into the bowel from surrounding body tissues, replicating a standard bowel stimulus and softening the stool. Because stool softeners increase the amount of moisture in the stool, it allows for a more comfortable bowel movement that should not require straining. Oral stool softeners can take 12 – 72 hours to be effective.
- DocuSol® Kids (rectal) works within 2 – 15 minutes.
- Hyperosmotic Laxatives: These laxatives increase the amount of water in the intestines to allow easier passage of stool and can be taken orally or rectally.
- Stimulant Laxatives: These can be administered orally or rectally, and work by stimulating the rectal muscles, activating them to push stool out.
- Lubricant Laxatives: These are taken orally or rectally, and work by coating stool in a lubricant, making it slippery and more comfortable to pass.
Ingredients Found in Stool Softeners & Laxatives
- Stool Softeners: docusate sodium and docusate calcium
- Lubricant Laxative: mineral oil
- Stimulant Laxative: bisacodyl and sennosides
- Osmotic Laxative: polyethylene glycol and glycerin
We all know how uncomfortable and painful it can be, so every parent wants to help relieve their child's constipation as quickly and safely as possible. After trying natural remedies, a parent may decide that medication or medical treatment is needed to alleviate constipation in kids.
With so many choices, how does a parent decide which constipation relief is best for their child? As with all health conditions, it's always important to consult a doctor or pediatrician to get a more informed summary of your child's particular situation. However, we can provide a useful overview of medications and natural remedies, which we hope will help you get a better sense of which are safest and most effective for your kids.
Frequently Asked Questions: Bowel Care for Children
Bowel patterns vary from child to child, just as they do in adults. What's normal for your child may be different from what's normal for another child. Most children have bowel movements one to two times per day. Other children may go two to three days or longer before passing a normal stool. For instance, if your child is healthy and has normal stools without discomfort or pain, having a bowel movement every three days may be your child’s normal bowel pattern.
Children with constipation may have stools that are hard, dry, and difficult or painful to pass. These stools may occur daily or be less frequent. Although constipation can cause discomfort and pain, it's usually temporary and can be treated.
Constipation is a common problem in children. It's one of the main reasons children are referred to a specialist, called a pediatric gastroenterologist.
What to Do If My Child or Toddler is Constipated
Before making any decisions about giving your child over-the-counter constipation medication, it's essential to talk to a pediatrician to determine what treatment is best for your toddler or child. Try at-home remedies first, as discussed in this article, and keep track of what works and what doesn't in a daily food and beverage diary. This way, if you do need to consult with a pediatrician, you are more informed about your child's bowel movements and patterns.
Try to stick to a bowel routine as much as possible to encourage bowel regularity and get your child accustomed to a regular bowel routine. First thing in the morning and about 30 mins after a meal are good times to encourage your child to use the bathroom.
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