Child Safety

Doctors Again Beg, “Don’t Give Honey To Babies”

Officials with the Texas Department of State Health Services and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are once again entreating parents and caregivers not to feed honey to infants. 

Botulism illnesses prompt a honey pacifier warning.
After 4 babies are poisoned in Texas, heatlh officials again remind parents not to serve babies honey.

This latest round of warnings was prompted by four cases of botulism in Texas. In each case, a child was critically sickened by botulism toxin in the honey that was used with a pacifier.

The cases occurred in three different parts of Texas, say officials, and the children were not related. It is believed that the only thing the children had in common was that each had used a honey-filled pacifier purchased somewhere in Mexico.

Why Babies Are So Vulnerable To Botulism

The Clostridium bacteria that produce the toxin have long been known to reside in honey but generally cause no harm in otherwise healthy people. Newborns and very young children, though, lack the beneficial gut bacteria to keep the Clostridium in check. And that is why health officials with the FDA, the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that honey not be given to any child less than a year old.

FDA: Not to Feed Honey to Children Younger Than 1 Year
Health officials have long urged parents and caregivers to avoid giving babies honey.


Photo credits: Sharon McCutcheon; Chinh Le Duc 

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