“WHAT’S THE PASSWORD !?!?!?”
I peek around the corner and find my son shouting at the toilet, apparently miffed by its inability to suck giant swaths of paper into the vortex under our house. Of course I grabbed the plunger and voila! No big deal.
If only all potty struggles were that easily solved, right?
Unfortunately, issues like constipation can be quite the challenge with small children. I’ve written about several research-backed natural constipation remedies before, but recently my friend Robyn shared one with me that I thought was genius, and today with her blessing I’m going to share it with you. (Thanks, Robyn!)
What Causes Constipation?
Before we get to the recipe, though, let’s talk about the important difference between occasional bouts of constipation and chronic issues.
Constipation can occur for a variety of reasons, including holding a bowel movement because you’re feeling shy in a public restroom, a change in diet, stress, dehydration, etc. However, research suggests that chronic constipation may indicate a more serious underlying issue such as gut flora imbalance, inadequate levels of trace minerals, allergies, or hypothyroidism. (source1, source 2, source 3)
If one of my children were experiencing chronic constipation, I’d take them to a knowledgeable practitioner for help. Of course, if they suggested Miralax instead of working to identify and address the root cause, I’d personally find someone else.
Why Not Miralax?
Good question. According to pediatrician Dr. Scott Cohen, Miralax is often prescribed to children for months, sometimes years. “We literally give it like water,” he told the New York Times.
This is shocking to me for two reasons: