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Pregnancy, Babies, Children and Constipation


Pregnancy and constipation

From soaring hormones to an expanding waistline, constipation can be a side effect caused by the changes your body goes through during pregnancy. But it doesn’t have to be one you can’t overcome.

Constipation during pregnancy can be caused by13:

  • Dehydration
  • Hormonal changes
  • Medicinal usage
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

Babies and constipation

We know that discomfort for your baby can be distressing for you too. And, if your baby is constipated, it’s good to recognise what might be causing it so you can provide some much needed relief quickly. The introduction of solids, cow’s milk, illness, a low fibre diet and not giving enough liquids can cause constipation in some babies25.

More often than not, simple steps you take at home can help relieve your baby’s constipation. However, consult your doctor to see if gentle laxatives like MICROLAX® can also be used to help ease your baby’s passing of stools and get their digestive rhythm back on track18, 19.

Children and constipation

As children grow, they may be impacted by constipation. And knowing what causes constipation will help you prevent their uncomfortable constipation.

Low fibre diets, immobility, insufficient fluid intake and ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement may contribute to child constipation.16

If you want a fast-acting, gentle solution that’s recommended as an effective relief for constipation, consult your doctor to see if MICROLAX® could work for your child. MICROLAX® is an easy to use microenema that works locally in the rectum within 5-15 minutes, it can get your child back to their natural digestive rhythm.18, 19



About Constipation

Whether you suffer from constipation frequently, or only now and again, knowing what causes it will help you avoid digestive discomfort and keep you feeling light, happy and relaxed.

Lifestyle and Constipation

Find out how lifestyle and constipation are linked.

Treating Constipation

The discomfort and aggravation caused by constipation can be sudden and frequent. Find out about the various treatment options.



Our Product Range

MICROLAX® Microenema 4 x 5ml

MICROLAX® is a fast acting microenema that's gentle to use, predictable and offers effective constipation relief.

MICROLAX® Microenema 12 x 5ml

MICROLAX® is a fast acting microenema that's gentle to use, predictable and offers effective constipation relief.