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When is the best time of day to give my baby probiotics?

There’s really no best time of day, but if you give probiotics at or near feeding time, they’re probably most likely to survive their swirl through the stomach. Making probiotics part of a feeding ritual also makes it easier to remember to use them!

Do babies need probiotics?

Probiotics are living microorganisms (often bacteria, sometimes yeasts) that scientific research has shown to be beneficial to human health. In some cases they’re similar to, or the same as, the microbes already found in a healthy digestive tract. Many probiotics were originally isolated from common fermented foods, such as yogurt. Our Baby Probiotic Drops Everyday contain the live culture Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, the most widely studied probiotic in the world, with more than 800 scientific publications attesting to the safety and healthfulness of these beneficial bacteria. As with all dietary supplements, you should discuss the use of probiotics with your baby’s doctor.

What is the normal color and texture of the probiotics?

Our probiotic drops contain non-GMO corn or sunflower oil, which has a mild taste and a light yellow tint. Because we microencapsulate the probiotic to protect it as it travels to the gut to do its job, it appears as whitish clumps or sand-like grains suspended in the pale yellow oil. These will settle out on standing, though in some cases the microencapsulated beads can form a plug in the neck of the bottle that’s noticeable when you open it. Shake well to redistribute the beads before giving to your baby.

Why have you chosen the Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG strain?

Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG is the world’s most widely studied probiotic, with more than 800 peer-reviewed scientific publications observing its effects. Demonstrated to be safe for newborns (and, of course, adults!), this strain is a common microbe already found in a healthy gut. It’s just more of a good thing.

Do probiotics need to be refrigerated?

Our probiotics don’t require refrigeration, but they must be stored at 77°F (25°C) or below to maintain potency throughout the labeled shelf life of the product. It’s possible that refrigeration can prolong that shelf life, but it’s not necessary. Make sure you keep the bottle tightly closed if you pop the bottle in the fridge or freezer, and only freeze unopened vials to avoid any moisture pickup when they thaw.

Can I use Gripe Water and Probiotics together?

Great idea! We recommend using Baby Probiotic Drops Everyday on a daily basis (it’s right in the name) to promote long-term digestive health.* When colic symptoms show up, turn to Gripe Water to soothe them on the spot.*