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 (77 °F). Once the bottle has been opened, use within 30 days.
All questions answered by probiotic expert Kerry Beeson BSc (Nut. Med.) Nutritional Therapist.
What are baby probiotics?
Probiotics for babies are dietary supplements that use good bacteria strains naturally present in the baby’s gut. ‘Probiotic’ means ‘for life’. The WHO defines probiotics as live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host. An imbalance in the good and bad bacteria in a baby's gut in the first few months of life may trigger occasional digestive upsets or gas production.
Can or should I give my baby probiotics?
You can give Baby Drops probiotics to your newborn from birth onwards. Research has shown that giving certain probiotic strains, such as Bifidobacterium breve M-16V® to infants can help to increase levels of Bifidobacteria in the gut1,2, soothe colic2, support immune health and improve allergies3.
How do I choose the best probiotic for my baby?
When choosing a probiotic supplement for your baby, you need to feel confident that it is safe, effective, and suitable for the infant microbiome4. Baby Drops contains an award-winning probiotic strain which has been tested in over 4000 newborn infants5, babies, and young children6, and it is ideal for use in both formula and breastfed babies.
How do I give probiotics 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 cool non-acidic drink.
When is the best time of day to give baby probiotics?
It’s best to give probiotics in the morning with the first feed or meal of the day. This helps to ensure that the probiotics pass safely through your baby’s tummy and into the gut.
How long should my baby take probiotics?
So many factors affect the health and development of your baby’s gut, including birthing mode, environment and antibiotics; so supporting the microbiome in their early years can be worthwhile. 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 probiotics?
Probiotics 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 CFU in just 8, easy to administer drops.
Probiotics 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 dietary supplement and is not intended to prevent, treat or diagnose any medical conditions. Dietary 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. Enomoto T et al. (2014). Effects of bifidobacterial supplementation to pregnant women and infants in the prevention of allergy development in infants and on faecal microbiota. Allergol Int, 63 (4): 575-85.
4. 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
5. 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
6. 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