I am not saying hat miralax will not help you to go to the bathroom. I am saying that if you have a child that has not constipation but is actually withholding feces, and refuses o go, this only makes a mess. i was told to give him half a cap a day for three weeks. This kid did not have the miracle poop that they said he would have. When he finally did go his bowel movement was very loose and caused a terrible rash. I used a product called pedialax and that was great. It made for a soft easy movement. My poor kid did not feel like he was going to explode and he was not in any pain. There was no rash and I did not think we would have a leaky accident while we were out and about. My boy is potty trained and he does not want to go back to diapers. He also hated having accidents, so the leaking was traumatizing. Now he used the pedialax and we are having a lot easier time. I would not use this for kids or adults.