Live cultures are natural food supplements and not medicines, so customers should be able to find live cultures which are completely safe for infants and children. A growing number of clinical trials have shown the use of friendly bacteria and Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) to be suitable for children in the case of constipation, eczema (healthcare practitioners can follow this link to find out more), lactose intolerance, wind, colic and immunity.

For babies & children
'For babies & children' is for children from birth to 12 years old

From birth

OptiBac For babies & children (formerly called 'For your child's health') is for children from birth to 12 years old. This live culture & Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) supplement comes in sachets especially designed for pregnant women, nursing mothers, babies and children; with well-researched strains of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium infantis shown to support immunity and digestion in infants and children. Unlike some children's supplements, this is a flavourless natural supplement with no added sugars, colourings or preservatives.

For more information on our children's supplement, read the reviews at the bottom of this page, as well as the clinical trials.

In most cases, we would always recommend For babies & children as a high-quality live culture supplement for infants and children. However in case different species or strains are required, see below for the various age requirements on the live cultures.

1 year +

Products suitable for infants from 1 year onwards include For every day EXTRA Strength (formerly called 'For daily wellbeing EXTRA Strength'), Bifidobacteria & fibre (formerly known as 'For maintaining regularity'), For those on antibiotics, For travelling abroad, 'For daily immunity' and For every day. In the case of the capsule supplements, the capsules can be opened and the contents mixed with cold, non-acidic food or drinks. If you feel these doses are too high, half a sachet or half a capsule a day can be recommended instead. Saccharomyces boulardii is fine for children from 1 years upwards, but best recommended at a lower dose. Again, the capsule can be broken open and the contents mixed with cold food or drink.

4 years +

The OptiBac supplements For every day MAX, and One week flat can be given to children from 4 years upwards. For women is also safe and suitable for girls from 4 years onwards, although we would recommend parents seek doctor's advice for young girls experiencing urinary tract infections, thrush or bacterial vaginosis.

Adults

For your cholesterol is intended for adults.

For more information about live cultures for children take a look at the product page, For babies & children, or review our FAQs.

Photograph: Maciej Miller, Model: Raffi, our director's son!