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Why you shouldn’t give honey to an infant?

Honey not for infants

Infants are young children who are under one year of age and defined as the first year of life and the period wherein most rapid growth is happening after their birth or delivery. Their immune system is weak and that’s why you have to be careful on the things, materials, and foods that may come in contact with their mouth. Their feeding bottles should be sterilized well before mixing the milk to ensure a clean and safe milk consumption.

The materials or things that they are using must also be cleaned well, to avoid harmful microorganisms. Introducing solid foods to them was very exciting. But be cautious enough to the kind of food that you will be giving. Your food preparation matters a lot, be sure that they are clean, safe to eat and soft (for better food digestion and absorption), also to avoid the dangers of choking.

Children at this stage of life are prone to get cough and colds, and sometimes home interventions are one of the few actions that some parents will take. You probably heard that honey are good and very therapeutic in dealing with cough and colds, and they also have a lot of health benefits to offer? Yes, it’s one of the most beneficial substances to go through specially as medicinal products, but be informed that it should not be given to infants because it contains dormant endospores of the bacterium clostridium botulinum. According to our health food source, the endospores can transform into toxin which are very dangerous to infants immature intestinal tracts leading to serious illness and even death.

Friendly reminder:

If your infant has cough and colds that is prolonging, better to consult your pediatrician, he/she will give appropriate intervention or medications to treat your baby. Never take your child’s health at risk.


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  1. […] Try the healing effect of honey – this is a good remedy for sore throat. It helps to speed up healing of sore throat because of its anti-inflammatory properties. You can add 1 tbsp of honey to a glass of water and drink it, or take at least 1 tbsp of honey followed by 1 glass of water. Please note however that you should not give honey to children under 1-year-old. You can read this separate post: Why you shouldn’t give honey to an infant? […]

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