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60 servings |2 months' supply
A favourite with mums; easy-to-administer drops containing a friendly bacteria strain that is incredibly well researched for babies.
A high-quality, liquid drops supplement especially developed for use from birth to complement the baby's natural gut flora. Suitable for vegans, Baby Drops contains Bifidobacterium breve M-16V®, which has been scientifically researched in thousands of newborns and babies.
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A food supplement for newborns from birth onwards; infants, babies and young children. Suitable for both breastfed and bottle-fed babies.
We also have powder sachets suitable to use from birth - view the children's range of friendly bacteria supplements.
Happy tummy! We have decided to try Optibac to help manage his tummy discomfort & trapped wind. We use ‘Baby Drops’ in the morning and ‘Babies & Children’ in the evening with his last feed. Not only he feels so much better in himself, but he also sleeps through the night without sore tummy! Fantastic products and speedy delivery. We are definitely going to be using them daily and on a regularly basis. Thank you Optibac!
When my son was born I tried these. He was crying a lot so we were desperate for something to change! A friend recommended these and we've been taking them for over a year now. They seemed to help. My family seem to have a history of having a slightly dodgy gut so I'm hoping by doing this he won't be in the same position!
I have given my baby these and believe they really help to give his gut a boost. I’ll keep giving them now to help ward off future illnesses. My older son also takes and I believe they have help him too.
We are the UK's most trusted & recommended brand of friendly bacteria supplements†.
† As determined in an independent survey of 1000 British women.
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Baby Drops can be given to infants from birth to 3 years old, with the following recommendations:
For best results give 0.3ml (8 drops) daily. 8 drops contain a minimum of 1 billion live Bifidobacterium breve M-16V®. Do not exceed recommended daily dosage.
Shake bottle well before each use - separation is natural.
Discard original lid.
Give 0.3ml as indicated on dropper (8 drops) in any of the following ways:
Do not wash the dropper.
+Refrigerate if using dropper directly into the mouth – otherwise no refrigeration necessary when stored in a cool, dry place below 25°C. Once the bottle has been opened, use within 30 days.
Live cultures 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. Keep out of reach of children.
This is a food supplement and is not intended to prevent, treat or diagnose any medical conditions. Probiotics for colic 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.
Medium chain triglyceride oil (plant source); Live cultures: Bifidobacterium breve M-16V®; Emulsifier: mono and diglycerides of fatty acids (plant source).
Net volume: 10 ml
Contains 1 billion live cultures per serving.
|No. Live Cultures||1 billion|
|Recommended Use||8 drops daily|
|Age Range||Newborn to 3 years|
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All questions answered by probiotic experts Dr Kate Stephens PhD (Food and Microbial Sciences) BSc(Hons) Medical Biology and Kerry Beeson BSc (Nut. Med.) Nutritional Therapist
Live cultures for babies are food supplements containing friendly bacteria naturally found in a baby’s gut, such as Bifidobacteria. They can help to maintain balance in the developing infant gut flora.
Live cultures are very safe for babies (1,2). You don’t need to worry about ‘overdosing’, but there’s no reason to use more than they need. Optibac Baby Drops gives the recommended dose of 1 billion live cultures in just 8, easy-to-administer drops.
(1). Abe F, Muto M, Yaeshima T, et al. Safety evaluation of probiotic bifidobacteria by analysis of mucin degradation activity and translocation ability. Anaerobe. 2010;16(2):131-136. doi:10.1016/j.anaerobe.2009.07.006 (2). Athalye-Jape G, Rao S, Simmer K, Patole S. Bifidobacterium breve M-16V as a Probiotic for Preterm Infants: A Strain-Specific Systematic Review. J Parenter Enter Nutr. 2018;42(4):677-688. doi:10.1177/0148607117722749
Parents may wonder if live cultures are good for babies, but research has shown that certain friendly bacteria strains, such as Bifidobacterium breve M-16V® to infants can help to increase levels of other good Bifidobacteria in the developing infant gut (1,2). They're a highly recommended natural supplement for babies (3).
(1). Li, Y et al. (2004). Effects of Bifidobacterium breve supplementation on intestinal flora of low birth weight infants. Pediatr. Int, 46: 509-515 (2). Chua, MC et al. (2017). Effect of synbiotic on the gut microbiota of Cesarean delivered infants. A randomised, double blind, multicenter study. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 65 (1): 102-106. (3). NHS: Colic. (2022). Retrieved 6 October 2022, from https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/colic/
Choose live cultures supplements for your baby which are designed for the infant microbiome(1). Optibac Baby Drops supplement contains an award-winning friendly bacteria strain tested in over 4000 formula and breastfed newborns(2), babies, and young children(3).
(1). Abe F, Muto M, Yaeshima T, et al. Safety evaluation of probiotic bifidobacteria by analysis of mucin degradation activity and translocation ability. Anaerobe. 2010;16(2):131-136. doi:10.1016/j.anaerobe.2009.07.006 (2). Athalye-Jape G, Rao S, Simmer K, Patole S. Bifidobacterium breve M-16V as a Probiotic for Preterm Infants: A Strain-Specific Systematic Review. J Parenter Enter Nutr. 2018;42(4):677-688. doi:10.1177/0148607117722749 (3). Van Der Aa LB, Van Aalderen WMC, Heymans HSA, et al. Synbiotics prevent asthma-like symptoms in infants with atopic dermatitis. Allergy Eur J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011;66(2):170-177. doi:10.1111/j.1398-9995.2010.02416.x
Ideally, friendly bacteria supplements like Optibac Baby Drops are best given to new-borns, babies, and young children, on a daily, ongoing basis, to help complement their developing gut flora. But like other colic relief drops, they can be given as and when required.
It can be tricky giving supplements to a breastfed baby, but Baby Drops easy-to-use dropper makes this simple. You can drop the liquid onto on a nipple, clean finger, or spoon; add to cool, non-acidic drinks, or directly into baby’s mouth.
We recommend giving live cultures with the first feed or meal of the day. This helps the delicate friendly bacteria pass safely through your baby’s tummy and into the gut.
|Baby Drops (60 servings) - 60 servings||Babies & Children (30 sachets) - 30 sachets||Kids Gummies (60 gummies) - 60 gummies|
|Age/Life Stage||0-3 years||0-12 years||3 years +|
|Dosage||8 drops daily||1-2 daily||1 daily|
|Added Nutrients||Vitamin D||Vitamin D & Calcium|