MIRALAX. It is an over-the-counter medication, roughly costing $10.00 - $14.00. It works by replacing water back into the large intestine, thereby softening the stools making it easier to pass when the time comes. My youngest twin had intestinal problems at birth. She would not defecate for up to 6 days, and when she finally would, it was like dry clay. It was clearly painful and her urologist prescribed Miralax, and within the last year or so, it went over-the-counter. We had to figure out how much to give her by experimenting, so try a little at a time until you've found the right balance. Since your child is 2, I would ask your peditrician for his/her advise before using. We have been using it since our daughter was less than a year old. She has slow motility (her waste was passing through her system very slowly and by the time it was ready to pass, most of the water was reabsorbed by her body). Worked for us.
at 11:32 PM on Feb. 16, 2009