This is from the mayoclinic
Yes, honey can cause infant botulism. Honey is a known source of bacterial spores that produce Clostridium botulinum bacteria. When ingested by infants, these bacteria make a toxin that can cause infant botulism, a rare and serious form of food poisoning. For this reason, infants under 12 months of age should never be fed honey.
Infant botulism affects a baby's nervous system and can result in death. Most babies with infant botulism, however, do recover. Signs and symptoms of infant botulism include:
â– Persistent constipation
â– Floppy arms, legs and neck
â– Weak cry due to muscle weakness
â– Weak sucking and poor feeding
â– Tired all the time (lethargy)
â– Difficulty breathing
Botulism spores may also be found in low-acid home-canned foods and corn syrup. For this reason, you should avoid feeding these foods to infants.
at 8:20 PM on Jul. 13, 2009