Question by  Joanie (156)

How much Miralax are you supposed to give to a 5 year old?


Answer by  LLL57 (73)

A five year old can be given half a tablespoon of Miralax in 4 ounces of fluid twice a day or one tablespoon in 8 ounces of fluid once a day. If not effective, this can be slightly and gradually increased.


Answer by  Connie45 (1110)

The bottom says to keep out of reach of children. Have you checked with your pediatrician? Prune juice might be a better option.


Answer by  daveygravey (38)

Miralax can be a miracle for young children with constipation. Proper dosage for a 5 year old would be half of a cap.


Answer by  PJ24 (220)

Drugs and children are a touchy subject - little research goes into it. You should start with a small dose, since you're probably using it off-label. Say, a quarter dose, slowly increase it if you see no effect. It might be a good idea to see a doctor too.


Answer by  MedStudent01 (1131)

For the oral powder, you need to give 0.8grams per kilogram by mouth. Dissolve the powder in 4-8 oz of liquid first. Maximum dosage should be 17grams a day, no more. Use the least amount for the shortest time period to produce bowel movement.


Answer by  Ken99 (281)

Miralax, or Polyethylene glycol, is a very strong laxative. It is frequently used in the treatment of hyperkalemia, when a large amount of potassium needs to be evacuated from the body to mainatain the function of the heart. So, it should not be given to children without a physician order.


Answer by  gordunham (62)

Most pediatricians agree to a dose of 1 capful (equivalent to 17 grams). Small adjustments to this dose may be made according to your child's response.


Answer by  TheAnswerFairy (2345)

The most common dosage of Miralax for a child that age would be 1/2 a cap full of medicine. However, Miralax is an adult medicine. Before you give it to a child under the recommended age, talk to your pediatrician about whether it is right for your child and exactly how much he/she recommends using.

Reply by kimherba (1):
My son is 8 years old- 57 pounds & I was told to give him 17 g. for 7-10 days. I think that is too much for him. I'm doing half the dose for 7 days- wish there was another way to do this without MiraLax? Help ...  add a comment
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