Is dosing out capfuls of Miralax part of your daily routine? You’re not alone. Last summer, I met up with some running friends for dinner to chat about an upcoming race we had. We placed our orders. I asked for a pile of lettuce with a side of raw veggies and olive oil. I would have liked to order the yummy artichoke panini or something more filling, but I was in the middle of an extreme parenting experiment.
After receiving disturbing news and X-rays from the pediatrician regarding my child’s colon, I learned that extreme was just the path I needed to go. The doctor told me that my kid would probably need to live on Miralax for a year or more to be able to have regular bowel movements. What a topic huh? Poop. It’s just one of those topics that becomes normal for a mother. Some days we’re up to our heads in it. Instead of discussing the latest gossip, my friends and I discussed our children’s bowels. That’s a group of mother’s for you. I was surprised to hear that mine weren’t the only ones with this problem. This is a common thing. But what to do about it? That was my question.
The idea of having to dose out Miralax every day for the next few years didn’t sit well with me. I know they say it is 100% safe and non-addicting and all of that, which is great, I just wanted to get to the root of the problem. There’s got to be a better way, I thought. It was time to clean out and start over. We ate pretty healthy before, so we were going to have to step it up a notch. I was going on an all raw diet (which I LOVED) and taking my kids along for a semi-raw ride. All in the name of saving bowels!
Here is my disclaimer. I am not a doctor. I’m a mother. These are some of the things that worked for us. Take it or leave it. My kids don’t live on Miralax anymore. But it does require some effort to get those pipes moving.
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Taking little steps in the right direction can really help your kids develop healthy habits and also spend more time in the bathroom! And like always, if you’re concerned about your child’s bowels, you should consult a physician.
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