What's it for?
A natural supplement from OptiBac, for infants and children.
Who's it for?
For infants & children from birth to 12 years, and for pregnant & breastfeeding women.
Each sachet:Provides 3 billion live cultures + 0.75g of FOS fibres, guaranteed until end of expiry.
OptiBac 'For babies & children'
From birth onwards, 'For babies & children' (formerly known as 'For your child's health') from OptiBac can be given as a natural supplement.
OptiBac 'For babies & children' is completely free from sugars, artificial flavours & colourings which can be found in other children's supplements and foods containing live cultures.
At OptiBac we specialise entirely in friendly bacteria, and only use strains of the highest quality, with extensive research behind them.
More about 'For babies & children'
The types of natural bacteria that reside in an infant's or child's intestines are very different from the types found in adulthood. Bifidobacterium infantis and Bifidobacterium bifidum are the dominant and most important beneficial cultures found in healthy infants and children during their early years; this product contains both of these bacteria, in strains which have been tested to survive stomach acidity and bile salts. This supplement contains a third type of natural bacteria, Lactobacillus acidophilus Rosell-52, which has been scientifically shown to survive stomach acidity and to reach the gut alive. At OptiBac we appreciate the importance of using various species and strains of natural bacteria - these three strains will target different areas of the gut as opposed to just one. Fructooligosaccharides (FOS), makes this product naturally high in fibre.
Having an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the gut is thought, by some, to be related to digestion and immunity for infants and children, in particular in: formula-fed babies, babies and children on antibiotics, babies delivered be Caesarean section, children with regular colds and flus, and babies & children with digestive problems such as colic, diarrhoea, constipation and lactose intolerance, as well as those with allergies and skin irritations such as eczema.
The product is enclosed in a 3 layer laminated sachet for maximum protection against heat and humidity.
This product has been clinically trialled. Healthcare professionals can see Scientific Research on OptiBac For babies & children, or find out more about our strains.
Bifidobacterium infantis Rosell-33
Pregnant and nursing mothers can take 'For babies & children' (formerly called 'For your child's health') during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
At the time of birth, a mother passes her natural bacteria to the baby during the birthing process. As the baby passes through the birth canal, it 'swallows' bacteria from the mother, and this is thought to act as a natural booster for the child's immunity and general wellbeing. Pregnant women expecting a Cesearean birth may safely take OptiBac 'For babies & children' during pregnancy.
Following birth, the infant's microflora is influenced by diet (breast milk or formula), environment, and medicines such as antibiotics. The natural development of Bifidobacteria in infants is favoured by breast-feeding; studies have found higher concentrations of Bifidobacterium infantis and Bifidobacterium bifidum in breast-fed infants as opposed to babies bottle-fed with formulas. Many nursing mothers take 'For babies & children' while breastfeeding.
More about OptiBac
Did you know, we are a family business in more ways than one. The UK company was founded by a father and his three children who continue to work together, and is home to more families - even spanning three generations with our sales star Annie and her grandson Jacob! So who better to make supplements for your family? This product contains carefully selected natural bacteria and fibre especially for your children. Tummy-tastic.
Please note: As of January 2014, 'For your child's health' has changed name to 'For babies & children' in the EU. The ingredients remain the same.
Allergen information: Please note this product may contain tiny traces of dairy and/or soy, and is therefore not recommended to those with a strict allergy to dairy. It should be fine however, for those with lactose intolerance.
'For babies & children' can easily be mixed with your child's favourite foods or drinks. This OptiBac supplement can be taken with formula milk when it is at room temperature, but not when warmed (as heat reduces the viability of natural bacteria.) For breastfed babies, powder can be applied to nipple or clean finger for baby to suckle.
Take as following, or as professionally directed:
- Infants from birth to 3 years: one sachet per day.
- Children 4 years to 12 years: one-to-two sachets per day as desired.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers: one sachet per day.
- Adults & children should ideally drink plenty of water during a course of live cultures.
- Best taken with a meal, preferably with breakfast.
- OptiBac will not cause dependency, and can safely be taken on an ongoing basis.
Like the rest of the OptiBac range, this does not require refrigeration.
Store in a cool, dry place, and away from direct sunlight.
Live cultures are not recommended for those with serious medical conditions eg. those who are severely immunosuppressed, have pancreatitis, are in the ICU, have melaena, have a central venous catheter, infants with short bowel syndrome, or to patients with open wounds following major surgery; unless under a doctor's care. Furthermore, pregnant or breastfeeding women should consult their doctor before taking Saccharomyces boulardii, 'For travelling abroad', or natural plant extracts as in 'For daily immunity'.
Fructooligosaccharides (FOS); Filler: potato starch; Live cultures (Lactobacillus acidophilus Rosell-52, Bifidobacterium infantis Rosell-33, Bifidobacterium bifidum Rosell-71).
Each sachet guarantees 3 billion micro-organisms + 0.75g FOS fibres.
Frequently Asked Questions
Healthcare professionals can follow the links below to read FAQs relevant to 'For babies & children'.
You can find more of our frequently asked questions on our FAQ page.
As we are an UK-based company, the product prices on our website will always be shown in pounds sterling (GBP £). As currency exchange rates fluctuate on a daily basis, the conversion to local currency will be made by your bank on the day of purchase. Check out today's currency conversion rates using a search engine and an appropriate currency conversion tool, though do bear in mind that the rates displayed may be subject to change before your bank processes your transaction.
Same day dispatch
For most delivery options, if you place your order by 3pm on a working day (i.e. Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays), we'll dispatch it on the same day. Any orders after this time will be dispatched on the next working day.
If you choose our International Express Courier option, the cut-off time is 11am.
Delivery within the United Kingdom 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.
Please allow 4-7 days for delivery.
First Class Postage
Please allow 1-3 days for delivery.
Next Day Courier
Guaranteed next-working-day delivery to most of the UK if you order by 3pm Monday to Friday (requires signature).
Most international delivery prices are dependent on the size of your order and where it's being sent. You'll be shown the final price of shipping in the checkout, before payment, once we have your address and order details.
The main exception to this is delivery to EU countries using our International Express Courier service. This has a fixed delivery cost for each country, regardless of the size of your order.
Please note that not all services are available to all destinations. See our International Delivery Coverage table for the availability of each service for your country.
Please allow 3-7 days for delivery within Europe and 5-12 days to all other destinations. (Does not include tracking).
International postage with delivery confirmation (requires signature).
Please allow 3-7 days for delivery within Europe and 5-12 days to all other destinations.
International Tracked & Signed
International delivery with full tracking and delivery confirmation (requires signature).
Please allow 3-7 days for delivery within Europe and 5-12 days to all other destinations.
International Express Courier
Fast international courier service with full tracking and delivery confirmation (requires signature). Delivers to USA and most other countries in 2-7 days. See our International Delivery Coverage for the delivery time to your country.
Remember: the price of international delivery depends on the size of the order and the country to which it's being sent. The final price of shipping will be shown in the checkout before you pay.
NB: Long distance shipping and short-term exposure to high temperatures will not compromise the viability of our products. Customers living in very hot countries should store the products out of direct sunlight and refrigerate if the option is available.