It is well-known among my friends, acquaintances, and blog readers that my four-year-old son Quinn has had problems with his...digestive system since he was about six months old. He's a kid who has trouble pooping, so fiber is really important to him—even more so than it is to the average child.
Recently I was contacted to try out Fleet's Pedia-Lax Fiber Gummies, and because digestive health is such a big deal at my house, I decided to give them a try. After all, some of Fleet's other products have brought some much needed relief to Quinn in the past, although at this point, we mostly rely on Miralax.
The Fiber Gummies are sugar-free, zero-calorie Penguin-shaped gummies, each of which contains 1.5 grams of soluble fiber. Pedia-Lax recommends one gummy three times a day for children ages 2-11. According to the website, three gummies supply an amount of fiber equal to 21 spears of asparagus or a half cup of broccoli.
My kids won't eat a half cup of broccoli or 21 spears of asparagus, so I thought this might be a good alternative. Unfortunately, my kids wouldn't eat the gummies either. I gave the bottle to a friend of mine who has a four- and a six-year-old to see if her kids would eat them. She reported back that they happily gobbled them down.
Her big issue with the Fiber Gummies—and I tend to agree with her here—is that she wasn't comfortable giving them "candy" three times a day. This is "not the healthy and whole foods message I want to convey to them," she reported.
Fiber Gummies contain no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. They are also gluten, milk, egg, peanut, and tree nut-free.
It is important to note that this is a fiber supplement—not a laxative. However, the bottle warns that sensitive people may experience a laxative effect. Which could be either a good or a bad thing. For my son, it would be a great thing.
There are definitely families who could happily and successfully use Fiber Gummies. After all, fiber is a very important part of a child's diet and sometimes it is difficult to make sure your little ones get all the nutrients they need from their diet alone. For instance, my kids each take a candy-like vitamin each morning. Unfortunately, the Fiber Gummies just didn't work out for us.
Honesty Clause: Pedia-Lax sent me a bottle of Fiber Gummies for free. They retail for about $7.99. You can get a $1 off coupon on the Pedia-Lax website.