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Quick summary

Type of medicine

Stool Softener/Laxative



Active Ingredient

Docusate Sodium

Effective within

12 to 72 hours

Works by

Increasing water content in the stool to ease passage

Side effects

Diarrhea, mild abdominal cramps (rare)

Medication details


Docusol Paediatric Solution is a gentle and effective solution designed to alleviate the discomfort associated with constipation in children. This informative guide will provide you with essential information about this product, including its description, directions for use, ingredients, potential side effects, and important warnings.

Constipation in children can be distressing, both for the child and their caregivers. Docusol Paediatric Solution has been specially formulated to provide relief from this common digestive issue. Constipation in children can occur for various reasons, including dietary factors, insufficient fluid intake, and changes in routine. When constipation strikes, it can lead to discomfort, abdominal pain, and even anxiety.

Docusol Paediatric Solution is here to provide gentle and reliable relief. It contains the active ingredient docusate sodium, a stool softener that works by increasing the water content in the stool, making it easier to pass. This mild and effective approach to relieving constipation is suitable for children aged 6 months to 12 years.


Docusol Paediatric Solution is formulated to provide relief from constipation in children. Follow these directions carefully for safe and effective use:
Dosage: The recommended dosage for children aged 6 months to 2 years is 2.5 ml (half a teaspoon) once daily. For children aged 2 to 12 years, the recommended dosage is 5 ml (one teaspoon) once daily.
Administration: Administer the solution orally. It can be taken directly or mixed with a small amount of water or juice to make it more palatable.
Duration: Use Docusol Paediatric Solution for as long as your healthcare provider recommends. Do not exceed the recommended dosage without professional advice.
Storage: Store this product at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children. Do not refrigerate.
Consult a Healthcare Professional: If symptoms persist or worsen, consult a healthcare professional. Do not use this product for more than 7 days unless directed by a doctor.


Docusol Paediatric Solution contains the active ingredient docusate sodium. Each 5 ml (one teaspoon) of the solution contains 100 mg of docusate sodium.
Inactive Ingredients:
- Purified water
- Sodium citrate
- Sorbic acid
- Methyl parahydroxybenzoate
- Propyl parahydroxybenzoate

Please note that if your child has allergies or sensitivities to any of these ingredients, consult a healthcare provider before use.

Side Effects

Docusol Paediatric Solution is generally well-tolerated when used as directed. However, like all medications, it may cause side effects in some individuals. Common side effects may include:

Diarrhea: In rare cases, the use of Docusol Paediatric Solution may lead to loose stools or diarrhea. If diarrhea persists or becomes severe, discontinue use and seek medical advice.

Abdominal Cramps: Some children may experience mild abdominal cramps while using this product. These cramps usually resolve on their own.

Allergic Reactions: Although rare, some individuals may experience an allergic reaction to docusate sodium. Signs of an allergic reaction may include itching, rash, swelling, severe dizziness, or difficulty breathing. If any of these symptoms occur, seek immediate medical attention.

It's important to note that this list of side effects is not exhaustive. If you notice any unusual or severe reactions after using Docusol Paediatric Solution, consult a healthcare professional promptly.


Before using Docusol Paediatric Solution, consider the following important warnings:

Consult a Healthcare Professional: Always consult a healthcare provider before starting any new medication, especially for children. Your doctor can determine if Docusol Paediatric Solution is suitable for your child's specific condition.

Underlying Conditions: If your child has a history of gastrointestinal issues, consult a healthcare provider before using this product.

Do Not Overuse: Do not use this product for more than 7 days continuously without the advice of a healthcare professional. Prolonged use of laxatives can lead to dependence and should be avoided.

Allergies: If your child has a known allergy or sensitivity to docusate sodium or any other ingredients in this product, do not use it.

Keep Out of Reach: Store Docusol Paediatric Solution out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, seek medical assistance immediately.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: If your child is pregnant, nursing, or planning to become pregnant, consult a healthcare provider before using this product.

Medical Conditions: Inform your healthcare provider of any existing medical conditions or other medications your child is taking, as interactions can occur.

Medically reviewed and published

  • This page was medically reviewed by Dr Sohaib Imtiaz, Clinical Lead on Oct 11, 2023, 9:45 am

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Please read our FAQs page to find out more.

Is Docusol Paediatric Solution suitable for infants under 6 months old?

No, Docusol Paediatric Solution is recommended for children aged 6 months and older. If you have concerns about constipation in an infant younger than 6 months, consult a healthcare professional for appropriate guidance.

Can I mix Docusol Paediatric Solution with any beverage for my child to take it more easily?

Yes, you can mix Docusol Paediatric Solution with a small amount of water or juice to make it more palatable for your child. However, ensure that your child consumes the entire mixture to receive the full dose.

How quickly can I expect Docusol Paediatric Solution to work?

Docusol Paediatric Solution typically works within 12 to 72 hours. However, individual response times may vary. If constipation persists or worsens, consult a healthcare professional.

Can I use Docusol Paediatric Solution for an extended period if my child frequently experiences constipation?

It is important not to use Docusol Paediatric Solution continuously for more than 7 days without consulting a healthcare provider. Prolonged use of laxatives can lead to dependence and should be avoided. If your child frequently experiences constipation, seek advice from a healthcare professional for a long-term management plan.

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