why should you not feed honey to infants

I've heard that I shouldn't feed my baby honey. Is this true? Cait Yes, babies younger than 1 year old should not be given honey. Clostridium bacteria that cause usually thrive in soil and dust. However, they can also contaminate certain foods honey in particular. Infant botulism can cause muscle weakness, with signs like poor sucking, a weak cry, and decreased muscle tone (floppiness). Parents can help prevent infant botulism by not giving their baby honey or any processed foods containing honey (like honey graham crackers) until after the child's first birthday.


Light and dark corn syrups are thought by some to also contain botulism-causing bacteria, but a link hasn't been proved. Be sure to check with your doctor before giving these syrups to an infant. As kids get older, they can have honey because their mature digestive systems move the
Clostridium bacteria spores through the body before they can cause harm.


The question: Is it true that honey is bad for babies? - Valerie, California. The Pediatrician Answers: Yes, honey should not be given to babies in any form (including raw, cooked or baked into products). Honey is bad for babies because it can grow botulinum spores, which can secrete a toxin and produce a transient paralysis in young infants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that botulism is a rare but serious foodborne disease.


When infants eat contaminated food, the botulinum bacterium spores grow in the intestines and release toxin. Treatment for infants requires hospitalization and possibly care in an intensive care unit. Antitoxin is not recommended for infants. By the time infants are over one year of age, their intestines are able to destroy any botulinum spores, so honey is safe for toddlers and older children.

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