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What is the best stool softener for children under the age of 3?

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Dulcolax stool softener with docusate sodium is the number one stool softener ingredient recommended by doctors, according to the Dulcolax website. While Dulcolax does suggest specific pediatric dosages, individuals should seek the advice of a doctor before administering to children under the age of 6, recommends Drugs.com.

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The active ingredient in Dulcolax, docusate sodium, makes bowel movements softer and easier to pass. Docusate sodium should not be used if the patient is suffering from nausea, vomiting, severe stomach pain or an intestinal blockage. Dulcolax should not be given to individuals on a low-sodium diet, nor should it be used in conjunction with mineral oils such as liquid paraffin, states Drugs.com.

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