Are OptiBac supplements suitable for children?

Live cultures are natural food supplements and not medicines, so customers should be able to find live cultures which are completely safe for infants and children.

For babies and children with toddler

From birth

Our baby drops supplement For your baby is recommended for use from birth to 3 years. It has been designed especially for use in babies because of its easy dropper format, and 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 the perfect natural option for your little ones.

OptiBac For babies & children (formerly called 'For your child's health') is also recommended for children from 12 months to 12 years old. This live cultures & Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) supplement comes in sachets especially designed for babies and children; with well-researched strains of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium infantis. This is a flavourless natural supplement, also with no added sugars, colourings or preservatives.

For more information on this supplement, please take a look at the reviews tab on the For your baby and For babies & children product pages.

In most cases, we would always recommend For your baby or For babies & children as a high-quality live culture supplement for infants and children. However, in case different species or strains are required, see below for the various age requirements on the live cultures.

1 year +

Products suitable for infants from 1 year onwards include For every day EXTRA Strength (formerly called 'For daily wellbeing EXTRA Strength'), Bifidobacteria & fibre (formerly known as 'For maintaining regularity'), For those on antibioticsFor travelling abroad'For daily immunity' and For every day. In the case of the capsule supplements, the capsules can be opened and the contents mixed with cold, non-acidic food or drinks. If you feel these doses are too high, half a sachet or half a capsule a day can be recommended instead. Saccharomyces boulardii is fine for children from 1 years upwards, but best recommended at a lower dose. Again, the capsule can be broken open and the contents mixed with cold food or drink.

4 years +

The OptiBac supplements For 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 onwards, although we would recommend parents seek doctor's advice for young girls experiencing related issues.


For your cholesterol is intended for adults.

For more information, take a look at our product pages:

For your baby

For babies & children.

You can also visit the Probiotics Learning Lab to find out more about live cultures and children.

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