- Simply mix with your child's favourite foods or drinks - sprinkle the powder over cereal, mix in with yoghurt or dissolve in a glass of water or cold milk.
- Can be taken with formula milk - simply add to the bottle once it has cooled down to room temperature (as heat reduces the viability of natural bacteria).
- For breastfed babies, powder can be applied to nipple or clean finger for baby to suckle.
- Adults & children should ideally drink plenty of water during a course of live cultures.
- Best taken with a meal, preferably with breakfast.
- Infants from birth to 3 years: 1 sachet per day.
- Kids 4 - 12 years: 1 to 2 sachets per day as desired.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers: 1 sachet per day.
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All questions answered by probiotic expert Kerry Beeson BSc (Nut. Med.) Nutritional Therapist.
What are kid’s probiotics?
Probiotics for children are dietary supplements specifically designed for infants and children. Certain species and strains of beneficial bacteria are found naturally in a child’s gut, such as strains of Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli. High-quality kids’ supplements will contain live cultures which have been clinically researched in children and are particularly suitable for a child’s developing digestive system These supplements can replenish the gut with friendly bacteria, contributing to a balanced gut microbiome. The gut microbiome plays an important role in your child’s health and wellbeing3.
Can I, or should I, give my child probiotics?
Research has shown that giving certain friendly bacteria strains, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus Rosell-52, Bifidobacterium infantis Rosell-33 & Bifidobacterium bifidum Rosell-71, can help support your child’s health2. These strains can be found in Optibac ‘For babies & children’, a natural, gentle probiotic supplement, suitable for early life and throughout childhood.
How do I choose the best probiotic for my child?
When choosing a probiotic supplement for your child, choose one which has been researched in children, and which is suitable for your child’s health requirements. Optibac ‘For babies & children’ is an award-winning probiotic supplement which has been clinically tested in hundreds of babies, and young children2,4. It is suitable for use in both formula-fed and breastfed babies. Different probiotics strains do different things, and the strains in Optibac ‘For babies & children’ are a great choice to support your child’s digestion, immune health, and overall wellbeing.
When is the best time of day to give children probiotics?
It is best to give friendly bacteria in the morning with the first meal of the day. This helps to ensure that the bacteria pass safely through your child’s tummy and into the gut.
For how long should my child take their probiotics?
Some parents choose to give their children a probiotic when they feel they need extra support, such as during the winter months for immune health2,4, but others prefer to include probiotics as part of their child’s daily health routine. Whether your child is 3 months old, 3 years old, or 12 years old, ‘For babies & children’ is designed for daily, ongoing use, or whenever you feel your child’s gut needs support.
1. Veereman G. Pediatric applications of inulin and oligofructose. J Nutr. 2007;137(11):2585-2589. doi:10.1093/jn/137.11.2585s
2. Cazzola M, Pham-Thi N, Kerihuel J-C, Durand H, Bohbot S. Efficacy of a synbiotic supplementation in the prevention of common winter diseases in children: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study. Ther Adv Respir Dis. 2010;4(5):271-278. doi:10.1177/1753465810379010
3. Ihekweazu FD, Versalovic J. Development of the Pediatric Gut Microbiome: Impact on Health and Disease. Am J Med Sci. 2018;356(5):413-423. doi:10.1016/j.amjms.2018.08.005
4. Wang Y, Li X, Ge T, et al. Probiotics for prevention and treatment of respiratory tract infections in children: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Med (United States). 2016;95(31). doi:10.1097/MD.0000000000004509
Probiotics are not recommended for those with serious medical conditions e.g. those who are severely immunosuppressed, have pancreatitis, are in the ICU, have melaena, have a central venous catheter, infants with short bowel syndrome, or patients with open wounds following major surgery; unless under a doctor's care.
This is a food supplement and is not intended to prevent, treat or diagnose any medical conditions. Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a healthy diet and lifestyle. If you are taking any medications or have a serious medical condition, consult a doctor before use. Optibac supplements will not cause dependency and may be used on an ongoing basis.