Miralax — an odorless, tasteless laxative — has become a go-to response for childhood constipation. For constipated children in excruciating pain, Dr. Tricia Jean Gold, a pediatrician in Brooklyn, has no problem recommending Miralax or a PEG generic laxative, which draws water into the colon to soften stool.
"You don't have time to sit around eating prunes," she said. "You need to get them out of pain." That said, in recent years, she has started to see a pattern of parents coming to her frustrated that their child has been on Miralax for 18 months already and their "pediatrician just keeps saying 'take it' " without offering any guidance.
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By The New York Times, 05/26/2012