Pedia-Lax Questions

How does Pedia-Lax work?

The active ingredients in Pedia-Lax products work in several different ways to help relieve your child’s constipation.

The active ingredient in Pedia-Lax Chewable Tablets, magnesium hydroxide, increases the amount of water in the intestine, which promotes bowel movement.

The active ingredient in Pedia-Lax Liquid Stool Softener, docusate sodium, works directly on the stool to help soften it.

The active ingredient in Pedia-Lax Glycerin Suppositories and Liquid Glycerin Suppositories, glycerin, attracts water into the stool and promotes bowel movement.

The active ingredients in Pedia-Lax Enema, sodium phosphates, increase the amount of water in the intestine, which promotes bowel movement.

After I give my child Pedia-Lax, how long before they’ll go?

Results will vary with each child and depend on which Pedia-Lax product you use, anywhere from a few minutes to 72 hours.

Can I use Pedia-Lax for my child under 2 years of age?

If your child is under age 2, consult your pediatrician.

Can I use Pedia-Lax for my child over the age of 11?

Pedia-Lax is indicated for children 2-11. Pedia-Lax would not be unsafe for children over 11, but we recommend using an adult product by Fleet to ensure that the product will be effective for older children.

Can pregnant women take Pedia-Lax?

Pedia-Lax is designed for children ages 2-11. Pregnant women should consult their doctor before taking any medications.

Can my child take Pedia-Lax when taking other medications?

As with any medication, consult your pediatrician if your child is already taking other medications.

Which Pedia-Lax product should I use?

Choose from five different Pedia-Lax laxative products. Chewable Tablets, Liquid Stool Softener, Liquid Glycerin Suppositories, Glycerin Suppositories and Pedia-Lax Enema. The Pedia-Lax product you choose will be determined by both the severity of the problem and the best delivery system for your child. And to help maintain your child's digestive balance* on a regular basis, try our Probiotic Yums.

If your child is uncomfortable because of constipation, we first suggest trying an oral product: chewable tablets or liquid stool softener. If your child’s constipation is more severe and you want the quickest relief possible, we suggest suppositories or enemas.

What’s the difference between the rectal and oral products?

Oral products are easy to administer and work over a short period of time. Rectal products provide immediate relief. Please see our product information page for details on each product’s reaction time.

What is the expiration date for these products?

The expiration date for Pedia-Lax laxatives is printed on the outside of the carton. 

How should Pedia-Lax be stored?

Pedia-Lax should be stored at a controlled temperature between 59°-86° Fahrenheit.

The dosing directions for Pedia-Lax are by age range. How do I know what part of the range I should use for my child?

A dosing range by age provides greater flexibility for finding the right dose. As with any medicine, if you have questions or concerns, ask your pediatrician.

Is it OK for my child to take Pedia-Lax laxatives every day?

Pedia-Lax laxatives should not be taken for more than seven days in a row. If your child experiences constipation for more than seven consecutive days, consult your pediatrician.

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