- Best taken with a meal, preferably with breakfast
- Simply mix with your child's favourite cool, non-acidic foods or drinks – try sprinkling the powder over cereal, mixing it with yogurt, or dissolve in water or milk.
- Can be taken with formula milk - simply add to the bottle once it has cooled down to room temperature (as heat reduces the viability of natural bacteria).
- For breastfed babies, powder can be applied to nipple or clean finger for baby to suckle.
- Give 1 sachet daily.
- If desired or professionally directed, can be increased to 2 sachets a day
Looking for a delicious alternative for children aged 3 years+? Try our new friendly bacteria fruit gummies for kids.
Store in a cool, dry place below 25°C and out of direct sunlight.
All questions answered by Dr. Kate Stephens PhD (Food and Microbial Sciences) BSc(Hons) Medical Microbiology and Kerry Beeson BSc (Nut. Med.) Nutritional Therapist.
What are children’s friendly bacteria?
Live cultures for children are dietary supplements containing types of friendly bacteria commonly found in a child’s gut. Optibac Babies & Children contains Bifidobacterium breve M-16V ®and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG which have been clinically researched in children1,2 and are particularly suitable for a child’s developing digestive system.
How do I choose the best friendly bacteria supplement for my child?
It's best to choose a high-quality children’s live cultures supplement which has been specifically researched and designed for kids. Optibac Babies & Children contains three friendly bacteria strains which have been clinically tested in thousands of babies and children1,2,3,4,5.
When is the best time of day to give Optibac Babies & Children?
We recommend giving Optibac Babies & Children with the first meal of the day when stomach acidity is at its most neutral. Giving children their friendly bacteria at this time, with food, helps to buffer the delicate live cultures against stomach acids, and ensures that they pass safely through this harsh environment and into the gut.
Can you give a child too many friendly bacteria?
Live cultures are very safe 1,2 and you can’t ‘overdose’ on them. But in general, it's best to stick to our recommended daily amount of 1-2 sachets - especially if your child takes other vitamin supplements containing Vitamin D – and keep an eye on their daily Vitamin D intake. If you have any concerns, please contact our nutrition team.
Is Optibac Babies & Children a vegetarian supplement?
Yes, Optibac Babies & Children is vegetarian, and it’s also gluten and dairy-free. There is no dairy present at any stage of the manufacturing and the friendly bacteria strains are vegan, but the added Vitamin D3 is vegetarian.
Is Optibac Babies & Children a good alternative to Biokult Infantis?
If you were previously using BioKult Infantis, you will know that it has been discontinued. Fortunately, Optibac Babies & Children is an ideal BioKult Infantis alternative! Like BioKult Infantis, our friendly bacteria sachets contain added Fructooligosaccharide (FOS) fibres to increase natural gut bacteria, and Vitamin D to support immune health. But unlike BioKult Infantis, Optibac Babies & Children is dairy-free, vegetarian, and contains the world's most researched live cultures strain6, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, extensively studied in infants and children.
If your children prefer drops or gummies, then check out our other highly researched, specifically formulated kids’ products in our Shop.
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, 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 lifestyle and varied diet. If you are taking any medications or have a serious medical condition, consult a doctor before use. Optibac Probiotics supplements will not cause dependency and may be used on an ongoing basis.
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2. Manzoni, P. et al (2011) Routine Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG administration in VLBW infants: A retrospective, 6-year cohort study. Early Human Development (87) 35–38.
3. Wickens K et al. (2008). A differential effect of 2 probiotics in the prevention of eczema and atopy: a double blind, randomised, placebo controlled trial. Atopic dermatitis and skin disease, 122 (4): 788-794.
4. Kumpu, M. et al (2012) Milk containing probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG and respiratory illness in children: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (66) 1020-1023
5. Hojsak, I., Snovak, N., et al. (2010) ‘Lactobacillus GG in the prevention of gastrointestinal and respiratory tract infections in children who attend day care centers: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial’, Clinical Nutrition, 29(3). doi: 10.1016/j.clnu.2009.09.008.
6. Dronkers, T. M. G., Ouwehand, A. C. and Rijkers, G. T. (2020) ‘Global analysis of clinical trials with probiotics’, Heliyon, 6(7). doi: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e04467.