Baby Drops

90 servings |3 months' supply

4.8/5 (31 reviews) Read verified product reviews
4.8/5 (31 reviews) Read verified product reviews
Dr Sasivimol Ahmed PhD, PG Dip (Personalised Nutrition), BSc (Food Science)
If you look at the quality of the strains, the number of billions, and the number of capsules/sachets per pack, Optibac is unbeatable value for money.
Dr Sasivimol Ahmed
Dr Sasivimol Ahmed PhD, PG Dip (Personalised Nutrition), BSc (Food Science)

Who is it for?

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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  • Vegan

    Vegan

  • Gluten free

    Gluten free

  • Vegetarian

    Vegetarian

  • No dairy

    No dairy

Key benefits

Friendly bacteria for babies

A food supplement for newborns from birth onwards; infants, babies and young children. Suitable for both breastfed and bottle-fed babies.

  • Friendly bacteria for babies Suitable for use from birth and designed especially for use in newborns, infants and young children
  • Highly researched Contains the world-renowned live cultures strain, B. breve M-16V®, researched in thousands of babies and children in gold standard clinical trials
  • Scientifically proven Shown to survive stomach acidity and reach the gut alive, where it helps maintain balance in a baby’s gut flora by increasing levels of Bifidobacteria
  • Complements the infant gut B. breve M-16V® complements the gut flora naturally present in your baby’s digestive system
  • A more natural option Vegan and gluten free, and absolutely no added sugars, artificial flavours or colours
  • Liquid drops formula Easy-to-use baby friendly bacteria drops; can be administered directly into baby’s mouth*, on a spoon or mixed into cool milk or food
  • Complementary product Safe alongside medication for colic and reflux
  • Award-winning live cultures supplement for babies Winner of 2020 National Parenting Product Awards and Nutra Ingredients Asia Award 2019 for Ingredient of the Year: Infant Nutrition
  • Most trusted by parents Optibac is the friendly bacteria brand most trusted by parents/mums, as determined in an independent survey* of 1000 people across the UK

We also have powder sachets suitable to use from birth - view the children's range of friendly bacteria supplements

Optibac Probiotics strains

  • Bifidobacterium breve M-16V®
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Complements gut bacteria

Customer reviews

4.8/5 (31 reviews)
  • Have used these drops since birth for my son and I recently ran out and couldn’t get hold of any for a while and I noticed such a difference in him that I was desperate to get more!! Fab product, highly recommended!

    Kate Tarrant- 18th March 2022

  • Fabulous stuff! Daughter is bottle fed and wasn't pooing for over a week at a time. For the last 2 days she's been passing so much has and done one poo a day so that's progress!! Will definitely be keeping this up 🥰

    Heather- 20th January 2022

  • These are excellent if your baby suffers with trapped wind. I recently ran out and sleeping completely stopped, baby was constantly waking in pain. I will never let myself run out again!

    Sophie Moulds- 26th November 2021

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Help & advice

Speak to our team of experts (nutritionists, microbiologists and nutritional therapists) any time for free advice, with absolutely no obligation to buy.

Camilla Gray
Camilla Gray DipCNM Nutritional Therapist
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  • How to use

    Recommended use

    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.

    Instructions for use

    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:

    • Directly into the mouth+
    • On a spoon
    • In a bottle of formula milk or expressed breast milk
    • On a clean finger (one drop at a time)
    • On the nipple (a drop or two at a time)
    • For older children, mix the drops into cool food or drinks
    • Can be given at the same time as medications for colic relief

    Do not wash the dropper.

    Storage instructions

    +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.

    Safety

    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.

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    Ingredients

    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.

    Suitability

    • Vegan
    • Vegetarian
    • No Dairy
    • Soy free
    • Gluten free
    • No added sugars
    • Free from artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives
    • Yeast free
    • GMO free
    • No chemicals or parabens
    Format Liquid drop
    No. Live Cultures 1 billion
    Recommended Use 8 drops daily
    Age Range Newborn to 3 years
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    UK Delivery

    Free UK Delivery over £40 
    Free standard UK delivery is automatically applied at the checkout when you spend £40.

    Standard 2nd class: £2.50
    Allow 4-10 working days (Monday - Friday) for delivery

    1st class: £3.95
    Allow 1-3 working days (Monday - Friday) for delivery

    Royal Mail Strikes
    Please be aware you may experience a slight delay in receiving your delivery due to the Royal Mail postal strikes in November. Please see below the affected dates:

    • Friday 9 December
    • Sunday 11 December
    • Wednesday 14 December

    Express Next Day (Tracked): £6.95
    Order before 2pm for guaranteed next working day delivery to most of the UK*. Orders placed on Friday will be delivered on Monday (next working day). Requires signature.

    Shipments will be dispatched via DHL or FedEx, the service will be selected depending on the delivery location.

    *Express delivery may exclude the Channel Islands, Herm Island, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Northern Irish postcodes BT18 & upwards, Sark, Scottish borders and offshore and a small number of remote mainland destinations as determined by our delivery courier. 

    Good to know

    • We'll send you an email to confirm once your parcel has been dispatched.
    • For delivery queries, please call us on +44 (0)1264 339 770 or email enquiries@optibacprobiotics.com
    • Orders placed before 2pm are typically dispatched on the same working day.
    • Delivery within the UK and Northern Ireland has a fixed price, regardless of the size and weight of your order. 
    • Delivery times are estimates and not guaranteed unless otherwise stated.

    International Delivery

    We offer an excellent worldwide delivery service. For more details, please take a look at our delivery FAQ.

    Returns

    If you have changed your mind, you can return goods, at your cost, unopened within 14 days for refund or exchange, this does not affect your statutory rights.

Customer Questions

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.

Reference
(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
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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).

References
(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/
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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).

References
(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
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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.

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