I'll preface this post by saying that the child in the photo above is my life. Nothing is too good for her, and I will stop at nothing to ensure she is kept happy and healthy.
I'm definitely not in the habit of believing everything I read. I like to think I'm more sensible than that, even given my propensity for swaying many of my opinions whichever way the wind blows. I'm kinda weak like that and completely suck at holding my side in an argument.
However, a link was passed around Facebook a few weeks ago that stopped me in my tracks (click here). A link to an article claiming that the active ingredient in Miralax can cause a whole host of terrifying health complications, including neuropsychiatric events. Miralax, which is a gentle stool softener used by millions to prevent constipation. Miralax, which has been deemed completely safe by so many pediatricians, safe enough to give daily with no time limit for ending the usage. Miralax, which is so easily-dissolvable, tasteless, odorless, colorless, and causes no cramping or obvious negative side-effects while doing its job very well.
Miralax, the perfect solution to Samantha's problem, which we have been giving to her for 6 years.
The sensible part of me is pretty sure that the possible side effects of the ingredient in question are remote, about as likely as the line in an oral surgery disclaimer (that left me a babbling fool, unable to even remember my address, when I had to sign it before having my wisdom teeth pulled) stating that a possible reaction could be death. Or the fine print that whizzes by on those Ask your doctor if blahblahblah drug is right for you commercials stating that you could suffer from catatonia/blindness/leprosy/anal leakage/whatever. I highly doubt it's going to cause Samantha to suddenly have autism (although in my belief, the genetic makeup of some people can cause certain environmental /ingestible factors to trigger an inherent predisposition for autism).
At least I hope the sensible part of me is right on this count...
BUT, unless it's been completely doctored and falsified, how on earth can you debate this?
So we did an about-face, and pulled Samantha's daily dose of 1 tsp. of Miralax from her diet. It was time.
But I'm seriously re-thinking it, as awful as that sounds.
We substituted a completely all-natural remedy, Fruit-Eze. Can't go wrong with a teaspoon of concentrated prunes, dates, raisins and prune juice, right? My kid, who doesn't really like whole fruit, can at least get some extra vitamins and minerals while we're at it. And, despite the fact that Samantha just doesn't like it, she does know that it's good for her and dutifully opens her mouth (well, dutifully may be too kind a word - a lot of bribery and threats are usually involved), sputtering and reaching desperately for her juice to wash it down.
The results have not been great. One day resulted in painful cramping followed by several emergency trips (read: urgently running) to the bathroom. I lessened the dose after that, and now, while she's been going almost daily, it just doesn't seem to be enough. She had a very uncomfortable night lastnight, tossing and turning, coming into our room repeatedly. I thought for sure we could find the happy medium with this stuff, but it doesn't quite seem like it yet.
I'm frustrated, and just wish somebody of influence and knowledge would come along and reiterate that Miralax is completely safe, that Polyethylene Glycol completely exits the body and can not possibly cause any of the effects the article claims.
And, until then, I'll keep the Fruit-Eze going until something better comes along.