• Question: can lactulose cause sleep refusal in a child?

    Asked by da celeb to Caroline, Derrick, Mark, Marta, Sammy on 11 Jul 2017.
    • Photo: Marta Maia

      Marta Maia answered on 11 Jul 2017:

      I dont think lactulose itself will affect a childs sleep. Lactulose is a non-absorbable sugar used in the treatment of constipation.

    • Photo: Sammy Wambua

      Sammy Wambua answered on 12 Jul 2017:

      Hi da celeb,

      The common side effects of lactulose are: bloating, burping, stomach rumbling/pain, nausea, and cramps. It is advisable to see a doctor if other unlikely side effects occur eg diarrhea, vomiting, muscle cramps/weakness, irregular heartbeat, mental/mood changes, seizures. I would suggest seeing a doctor if you suspect that it is causing lack of sleep.

      PS. Thanks for keeping this platform active by posting numerous questions that are of great importance and educative. Keep them coming.

    • Photo: Caroline Ogwang

      Caroline Ogwang answered on 12 Jul 2017:

      Hi da celeb,

      Sleep loss might be due to a side effect of lactulose such as:
      diarrhea, bloating, and stomach pain or discomfort. It has no direct effect on sleep.