Honey Safety for Children under 1 year old

Updated: Aug 26, 2018

There's always an exception to every rule. Honey is incredibly healthy. It has healing and antiseptic properties and has been eaten by man for thousands of years.

With that being said, doctors advise that you do not give honey to children under 1 year of age. Honey has naturally occurring bacteria that is harmless to people over the age of 1, but that which could potentially be disastrous for babies. Although rare, it can occur, and happens when bacteria spores germinate in a baby's digestive system causing infant botulism.

Too Much of a Good Thing

When you're introducing your baby to honey for the first time, be sure to introduce it slowly just like you would any other food - keeping an eye out for any signs of an allergic reaction.


Honey can be a wonderful way to increase your natural immunity to the allergies in your local area if you are eating honey pollinated and produced in your local area. Always consult with your doctor before adding to or changing a regularly prescribed diet.

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