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Should I use mineral oil to treat my child's constipation?

Mineral oil is only used to treat acute constipation if complications develop or other remedies such as lifestyle changes do not work. In some cases of acute constipation, adequate fiber, fluids, and exercise are not sufficient in alleviating symptoms. Therefore, your doctor may prescribe mineral oil, which works like a lubricant to help soften the stools and restore normal bowel movements. Mineral oil can be administered orally or by enema.

Some say that mineral oil can relieve constipation. The downside is that it has no nutritional benefits, and when it slides through the intestines, it quite possibly takes vitamins out along with it. If you do use it to help your child, make sure that you administer it two hours after a meal to give the body more time to absorb important nutrients. The good news is that mineral oil comes in flavors like lemon and mint.

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