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Live cultures are completely natural food supplements, and so are a safe and additive-free option for your little ones. Whilst almost all of our range is suitable for children, we offer specific friendly bacteria for all stages of life, so you can tailor to your family’s needs. We’ve put together a guide to help you choose the best live cultures for your babies, toddlers and kids.
Our Baby Drops supplement is suitable for use from birth to 3 years, and is our recommended supplement for infants. It has been designed especially for use in babies because of its easy dropper format. It also contains the strain Bifidobacterium breve M-16V®, which has been researched extensively in young infants. It contains no added sugars, colourings or preservatives, so is natural and gentle on tiny tummies. It’s also vegan and gluten free. Take a look at our FAQ for more allergy & dietary information.
We suggest you give your little one 8 drops a day, either directly into the mouth (in which case, refrigerate once opened) or mixed into milk and other cold, non-acidic food or drink (no refrigeration necessary). It’s best given with the first feed of the day.
Our Babies & Children (formerly called 'For babies & children') can also be used from birth onwards – find out more about this supplement below.
You may also like to read: Can I take Optibac if I'm pregnant or nursing?
Optibac Babies & Children (formerly called 'For babies & children') is generally recommended for 1-year-olds and older. Its powder form means it can be easily mixed into food and drink, making it perfect for tots just moving on to solid food. This live cultures & Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) supplement contains well-researched strains of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium infantis. It is a flavourless natural supplement, also with no added sugars, colourings or preservatives, and is vegetarian and gluten free. Please note that this supplement does contain trace amounts of dairy – take a look at our FAQ for more information: Which Optibac are lactose & dairy free?.
"My eldest has been taking these for a couple of years. It has definitely helped his immune system. The condition of his skin is improved (he has eczema). I started taking these after my youngest son was born. He's breastfeeding. What a difference they've made! We now have a happy baby and enjoyable evenings again! I seriously can't recommend these highly enough. Thank you OptiBac!" - Caroline H
We recommend using 1 sachet a day for toddlers up to 4 years old, ideally with breakfast and sprinkled into cold, non-acidic food and drink.
Many of our other supplements can also be given to young children from 1 year onwards if desired:
For our supplements in capsule form, the capsules can be opened and the contents mixed into food and drink. Half a capsule or sachet can also be used if a smaller dose is preferred.
Our go-to supplement for kids aged 3 and up is Kids Gummies, our first-ever live cultures gummy supplement. It contains the highly researched friendly bacteria strain Bacillus coagulans Unique IS-2, as well as Fructooligosaccharide (FOS) fibres, vitamin D and calcium. Vitamin D helps to maintain immune health, and calcium helps to support digestive enzymes. Naturally delicious, this supplement is made with real fruit juice and absolutely no added sugars, colours or flavours. What's more, it's also completely vegan and gluten free.
Kids can also take Babies & Children, as it can be given to children up to 12 years old. It has been specifically researched in school-age children and is perfect for those who don’t like, or are unable, to swallow capsules. Older children (aged 4-12) can take up to 2 sachets a day, as required.
Our Every Day MAX, and One Week Flat can be given to children from 4 years upwards. For Women is also safe and suitable for girls from 4 years, although it’s advisable to seek a doctor's advice for young girls experiencing related issues.
Absolutely – in fact, we recommend that they do! It’s best to take live cultures on a regular basis, ideally every morning with breakfast.
You can’t have too many live cultures, either – whilst young children often require lower quantities of friendly bacteria because their bodies are much smaller, it’s not possible to ‘overdose’. Probiotics are completely natural and safe.
Find out more about this on the Probiotics Learning Lab: Can you overdose on probiotics?.
We’re always happy to help if you have any questions.
Please note: For Cholesterol is the only supplement exclusively intended for adults.
You can visit the Probiotics Learning Lab to find out more about live cultures and children.
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