ALIGN JR. FAQs
GENERAL INFORMATION QUESTIONS
QUESTIONS ABOUT TAKING ALIGN JR.
HEALTH & SAFETY QUESTIONS ABOUT ALIGN JR.
WHERE-TO-BUY ALIGN JR. QUESTIONS
MISCELLANEOUS QUESTIONS ABOUT ALIGN JR
ALIGN JR. INGREDIENT QUESTIONS
GENERAL INFORMATION QUESTIONS
What is Align Jr.? What’s the difference between Align and Align Jr.?
They’re both daily probiotics that fortify your digestive system with healthy bacteria all day long*, but Align Jr. is designed specifically with kids in mind and comes in a great, cherry-flavored chewable tablet that kids love.
Is Align Jr. a laxative or antacid?
Align Jr. is not a laxative or an antacid. It is a daily probiotic for children that naturally helps fortify their digestive system with a healthy bacteria 24/7.§
What is normal, healthy bowel function for kids?
Gastroenterologists say that normal healthy bowel function can range from three bowel movements per day to three bowel movements per week. Because the definition of normal bowel function varies from person to person, you may want to talk to your child’s doctor about what is normal for him or her. Align Jr. was designed as a kid’s probiotic so it’s intended for children 6 years and above to fortify their digestive systems with a healthy bacteria 24/7.*§
Who should take Align Jr.? Is there a minimal age restriction?
While Align Jr. is a probiotic for children, it’s only intended for children 6 years and above. With continued daily use, Align Jr. helps fortify their digestive systems with a healthy bacteria 24/7.*§
What is Bifidobacterium 35624™
Bifidobacterium 35624™ is the strain of beneficial bacteria found only in Align. The pure strain found in Align Jr., our probiotic for children, helps fortify kids’ digestive systems with a healthy bacteria 24/7.*§ Align is the only probiotic supplement that contains Bifidobacterium 35624™.
What are probiotics?
The word “probiotic” means “for life.” Probiotics are good bacteria that provide a health benefit and are essential for many vital body functions, including healthy digestion. Probiotics are increasingly being used and evaluated in the management of digestive health. Most of the bacteria in your child’s digestive system are good Bifidobacteria. His or her body needs beneficial bacteria like Bifidobacteria for a number of things, including healthy digestion. But this balance of good bacteria in their digestive systems is fragile. Common issues such as diet, changes in routine, stress and busy mornings may disrupt your child’s natural balance of good bacteria. When searching for the best probiotic for kids, consider Align Jr. It contains the pure-strain probiotic Bifidobacterium 35624™, which naturally helps fortify digestive systems with healthy bacteria 24/7.*§
Is Align Jr. a drug or medicine?
No, Align Jr. is a daily probiotic dietary supplement for kids—it is not a drug or a medicine.
I've always heard bacteria are bad. Why is taking bacteria for kids good?
The body needs beneficial bacteria for a number of things, including healthy digestion. These essential bacteria are sensitive to things such as changes in diet, changes in routine, stress, and travel. A kid’s probiotic supplement may help by delivering healthy bacteria to the digestive system.
Why does Align Jr. have a statement that it has not been reviewed by the FDA?
Align Jr. is a dietary supplement. Dietary supplements that make claims to benefit structures or functions of the human body (such as gastrointestinal health) are required by the FDA to carry this statement, which is called the "DSHEA (Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act) Disclaimer." The safety of Bifidobacterium 35624™—/the probiotic ingredient in Align Jr. -—has been reviewed by the FDA as part of the "new dietary ingredient" (NDI) notification process and was accepted by the FDA for filing.
What form does Align Jr. come in?
Align Jr. comes in a great-tasting cherry flavored chewable tablet, which makes it easy for kids 6 years and above to take.
How often does my child need to take Align Jr.?
We recommend that Align Jr. be taken once a day, each day.
Can my child take two Align Jr. Chewables daily?
We recommend that you follow the usage instructions and have your child take one chewable tablet daily. You should review the labeling to ensure Align Jr. is the right kid’s probiotic for your family, and consult your healthcare professional if your child has severe or chronic digestive problems or if you have questions.
When is the best time of day to take Align Jr.?
We recommend that your child takes Align Jr. as part of his or her daily routine, at a time that will be easy to remember.
Are there any special instructions for how to take Align Jr.?
No. Align Jr. is a kid’s probiotic meant to be taken at any time of the day, with food or without.
What should I do if my child misses a day or two of taking Align Jr.?
If a day or two is missed, you shouldn’t notice any difference. There’s no need to take an additional chewable as part of their daily routine —just have him or her take the next tablet at the usual time as part of his or her routine.
Can Align Jr. be taken with prescription medications?
If you’re concerned with adding a kid’s probiotic to your child’s medication routine, you should check with your child’s healthcare provider before giving them Align Jr.
Can Align Jr. be taken with antibiotics?
Some antibiotics may make Align Jr. less effective. If your child is taking an antibiotic, consult their healthcare provider before giving them a kid’s probiotic.
Should my child stop his or her digestive medications when he or she starts Align Jr.?
No. Align Jr. is a kid’s probiotic that’s not intended to replace any digestive system medications. Align Jr. is a daily probiotic supplement that naturally helps fortify your child’s digestive system with a healthy bacteria 24/7 with continued daily use.*§ If your child is taking digestive medications, you should check with their healthcare provider before using Align Jr. to ensure it is right for him or her.
Are there any restrictions on how my child should take Align Jr.?
No, Align Jr. is designed to be taken daily as part of a healthy lifestyle. We recommend that Align Jr. be taken as part of your child’s daily routine, at a time that will be easy to remember. If you do have any additional health concerns or allergies, read the label and talk to a healthcare professional.
Can an adult take Align Jr.?
Yes. While Align Jr. is a kid’s probiotic, it’s safe for anyone 6 years and above.
Where do I store Align Jr.? Can I put Align Jr. into a pill keeper? Is it OK to store it in the bathroom or kitchen? Can I keep Align Jr. in a purse?
To maximize the effectiveness of Align Jr., we recommend that you store Align Jr. in its original blister package, which you should store at room temperature (24° C/75° F). We recommend that you do not put Align Jr. into other packages, including pill keepers.
Does Align Jr. need to be refrigerated?
No, it is not necessary to refrigerate Align Jr.
Why doesn't Align Jr. need to be refrigerated?
The Bifidobacterium 35624™ in Align Jr. has been freeze-dried, and does not require refrigeration. Align Jr. be kept in the original blister package, as these materials were designed to protect the bacteria from the environment. Product stability studies show that Align Jr. provides an effective level of bacteria until at least the “best by” date on the bottom flap of the box. Because Align Jr. does not need to be refrigerated, it is an ideal product for busy people who want to have the freedom to go where they want and do what they want.
How many bacteria are in each chewable tablet of Align Jr.?
Each Align Jr. Chewable provides an effective level of bacteria (1x 107 CFU) until at least the “best by” date.
Is Align Jr. like yogurt? How is it different from probiotic yogurts?
Align Jr. is a kid’s probiotic so it contains good bacteria, similar to yogurt or fermented milk probiotics. However, not all yogurts contain live cultures. Additionally, the live cultures in yogurt are not the same as the live cultures in probiotics that have been shown to deliver health benefits. The delivery of protiotic bacteria in yogurt or fermented milk products is limited by the need for cold storage and may be associated with shorter shelf life. Some people may find it difficult to consume yogurt probiotics in large enough quantities to see the desired benefits from these types of probiotics.
What are the side effects of Align Jr.?
In clinical studies, there were no significant differences in the side effects between Align and placebo (e.g. sugar pills.) Side effects, if they occur, tend to be mild and digestive in nature. As with other kid’s probiotics, in the first few days of taking Align Jr., some consumers have reported experiencing some gas and bloating. This may be temporary while your child’s digestive system is adjusting to Align Jr.
Is Align Jr. habit forming?
No, Align Jr. is not habit forming.
Is it safe to take Align Jr. every day?
Align Jr. is a kid’s probiotic designed to be used once a day, every day, as part of your child’s healthy lifestyle.
Can my child take Align Jr. if he or she is severely ill or immunocompromised?
If your child is severely ill or immune-compromised, ask a healthcare professional before your child takes Align Jr.
Where can I purchase Align Jr.?
Align Jr. is a kid’s probiotic that’s available for purchase online or in stores nationally. If Align Jr. is not available on the shelf, it can still be ordered through the pharmacy; just ask the pharmacist to order Align Jr. for you for in-store pickup. It should be delivered to the pharmacy within a day or two. You can also buy it online here.
Will certain temperatures affect the stability of Align Jr.?
We recommend that you store Align Jr. in its original blister package. You should store the blister package at room temperature (24° C/75°F). We recommend that you do not put Align Jr. into other packages, including pill keepers.
ALIGN JR. INGREDIENT QUESTIONS
Is Align Jr. gluten-free?
Yes, Align Jr. has been scientifically tested, and it is a gluten-free probiotic for kids.
My child has lactose intolerance. Can he/she use Align Jr.?
Align Jr. does contain sodium caseinate (milk protein) and may therefore contain trace amounts of lactose. If your child is lactose intolerant, ask a healthcare professional if you or your child have concerns about the use of Align Jr.
The Align Jr. label says it contains milk. Can you explain?
Align Jr. contains sodium caseinate (milk protein). Federal food regulations require dietary supplement manufacturers to mention on the label if any milk components may be present. If your child is allergic to milk or milk protein, please consult a healthcare professional before you decide to use a kid’s probiotic like Align Jr.
Does Align Jr. contain soy?
We do not add any ingredients which would be expected to contain soy to Align Jr. However, we cannot guarantee that Align Jr. is 100% soy free. If you have any concerns about your child taking Align Jr. please consult a healthcare professional.
§Fortifies your digestive system 24/7 with continued daily use.*
‡Among Gastroenterologists who recommended a brand of probiotic in a ProVoice 2008-2021 survey.
‡Among Doctors who recommended a brand of probiotic in ProVoice 2013-2021 surveys.
††Based on more than 1,612 Align user reviews from alignprobiotics.com as of 3/31/2021.