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Is Honey Safe For Your Babies?

Is Honey safe for your Babies?

A commonly asked question to me when it

comes to foods for infants is about –

“Is honey safe for my baby?”


Honey should not be given to small babies below age of 12 months.

You may feel that honey is really not a

danger to your babies because

it is natural and thus, better than other

sweeteners like sugar.  A very logical

thought, but let us take a look at

few facts about honey and possible risk to babies-

What will happen?

If you give honey in any form to your baby-

Babies can get symptoms like:

  • Constipation
  • Lethargy
  • Week cry
  • Lack of appetite
  • Facial weakness.

These are very common symptoms seen in babies but

you are unaware that it could be due to

honey. So, now let us understand the reason-

Why does it happen?

This is because sometimes honey can contain

spore of bacteria called clostridium botulinum. The

contamination of honey with botulism spores is

higher due to soil. Honey is mostly consumed in

raw form and is typically not pasteurized, sterilized or

radiated. Even pasteurized honey can contain botulism spores and

should not be given to children under 12 months.

It causes rare form of food poisoning.


When can the babies have honey?

Babies are prone to illness caused by spores of bacteria especially

between the ages of 3—6 months  which affects them due to

their underdeveloped immune system. Therefore,

it is better to give honey after

12 month’s age, as by that time your

baby’s immunity will be developed. Infants should

exclusively be breast fed for first

6 months of age. After that, complementary foods

should be started to meet iron, energy and

growth needs of your child.

That’s all for today,

See you next Tuesday with another Tuesday Tip.

Till then,

Take care

Providing simple solutions for the complexities of life-

Dr. Bhumita Makwana

Your dietitian & cosmetic clinician.


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