Your beloved child is turning one, a major milestone. The world is opening up, and new foods can appear on the menu. Now is the time to pull honey from the back of your pantry and put it on the counter, near the toaster or the tea kettle, or even in the medicine cabinet. After the age of one, a baby can consume honey in foods or as a natural cough suppressant.
Research conducted by the National Honey Board revealed that there is widespread confusion among moms about why honey should not be given to babies and about the age at which young children can eat honey. Here are the facts.
Honey is a natural sweetener made by honeybees from the nectar of flowering plants. Since honey is natural, it could be a potential source of botulinum spores (a bacteria that may make babies sick). Because infants' gastrointestinal systems are immature and thus susceptible to contracting infant botulism if spores are present, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, American Academy of Pediatrics and other health care provider associations recommend that certain foods, including honey, not be fed to babies under the age of one. After age one, honey may be introduced into a baby's diet.
This is good news for families because, in addition to its unique taste and sweetening abilities, honey is a natural alternative to over-the-counter (OTC) cough suppressants for children over the age of one. So, if your pride and joy is turning one, relax, sleep well and welcome to the one-derful World of Honey! Click here for the full press release regarding babies and honey.