"Potty Talk" and Toilet Training
Wetting Accidents and Encopresis

Milk of Magnesia: Q&A with Dr Tom

Question: My daughter is turning 4 in a month. She is not potty trained, still in diapers and won't even sit on the potty at all. She has tried a few times, mainly in a public restroom but absolutely refuses now. We have been using Milk of Magnesia for a year now, and upped the dose since I have read your book in hopes to clean her out and start potty training more seriously. Her
moods are so much better when she is cleaned out! My question is, do you think Milk of Magnesia is okay as our laxative choice?  Thanks

Answer: Milk of Magnesia works well as a laxative for many children with functional constipation. However, I prefer to use a PEG 3350 laxative such as Miralax. Whether you stay with Milk of Magnesia or not depends on whether it helps your daughter to have a comfortable, very soft, medium-to-large bowel movement at least six days a week. If not, I would try a PEG laxative.
Dr Tom