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Why can't you give babies honey?

And since I am pregnant, should I not be putting it in my tea?

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Gecko85

Asked by Gecko85 at 4:20 AM on Feb. 8, 2010 in Food & Drink

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  • Never give honey to infants younger than 1 year. Honey is a known source of bacterial spores that produce the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. This bacterium makes a toxin that can cause infant botulism. This rare but serious form of food poisoning affects a baby's nervous system and can result in death. Unlike adults, infants haven't developed beneficial bacteria in their digestive tracts that can control botulism spores and prevent growth of the bacterium and production of its toxin.

    Botulism spores are also found in uncooked food. For this reason, feeding an infant any undercooked food is risky as well.
    Source(s):
    http://www.mayoclinic.com
    sadiesmom87

    Answer by sadiesmom87 at 4:44 AM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • Putting it in your tea is fine!
    sadiesmom87

    Answer by sadiesmom87 at 4:44 AM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • sadiesmom took the words right out of my mouth...Great answer!
    alejandra559

    Answer by alejandra559 at 4:47 AM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • Thanks! I love being helpful!
    sadiesmom87

    Answer by sadiesmom87 at 4:54 AM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • Thank you sadiesmom!
    Gecko85

    Answer by Gecko85 at 5:01 AM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • No problem. Glad to help!
    sadiesmom87

    Answer by sadiesmom87 at 5:10 AM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • honey has bacteria in it that babies tummies cant digest, but with you being pregnant you can have honey because you can digest the bacterias before it gets to baby
    cassie_kellison

    Answer by cassie_kellison at 7:12 AM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • Well said sadiesmom!!!
    It is ok for you to have honey, and put it in your tea. That won't hurt the baby.
    MizLee

    Answer by MizLee at 8:57 AM on Feb. 8, 2010

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