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
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.
Optibac Probiotics Baby Drops Customer questions
All questions answered by probiotic expert Kerry Beeson BSc (Nut. Med.) Nutritional Therapist.
What are baby live cultures?
Live cultures for babies are dietary supplements that use friendly bacteria strains naturally present in the baby’s gut, often including strains of Bifidobacteria. These supplements can help to maintain balance in the gut flora.
Can I, or should, I give my baby friendly bacteria?
You can give Baby Drops to your newborn from birth onwards. Baby Drops is a natural, gentle supplement, suitable throughout infancy and for many dietary requirements. Research has shown that giving certain friendly bacteria strains, such as Bifidobacterium breve M-16V® to infants can help to increase levels of Bifidobacteria in the gut1,2.
How do I choose the best friendly bacteria for my baby?
When choosing a live cultures supplement for your baby, you need to feel confident that it is safe and suitable for the infant microbiome3. Baby Drops contains an award-winning friendly bacteria strain which has been tested in over 4000 newborn infants4, babies, and young children5, and it is ideal for use in both formula-fed and breastfed babies.
How do I give friendly bacteria to a breastfed baby?
It can be tricky giving supplements to a breastfed baby, but Baby Drops makes this simple. The easy-to-use dropper allows you to either gently drop the liquid into baby’s mouth, on a nipple or clean finger, give it on a spoon, or add it to a cool, non-acidic drink.
When is the best time of day to give baby live cultures?
It’s best to give friendly bacteria in the morning with the first feed or meal of the day. This helps to ensure that the bacteria pass safely through your baby’s tummy and into the gut.
For how long should my baby take live cultures?
Whether your baby is newborn, one month old, or one year old, Baby Drops is designed for daily, ongoing use.
Can you give a baby too many friendly bacteria?
Live cultures are very safe for babies and you cannot ‘overdose’, so don’t worry about giving them too much. However, there’s no reason to use more than they need. Baby Drops gives the recommended dose of 1 billion live cultures in just 8, easy-to-administer drops.
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. Probiotic 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.
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. 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
4. 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
5. 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