No Honey for Infants

No Honey for Infants

Until your child is at least 1 years old, honey or corn syrup in any form should be avoided.

Honey can harbor spores of a toxic bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. These spores are harmless to adults and older children, but for babies younger than 12 months, they can cause botulism, a severe foodborne illness that can be fatal.

Children in their first year don't need extra sweeteners. For help in feeding your infant, see a registered dietitian nutritionist.

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