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Is honey really that bad for babies? My mother said that if babies have honey before the age of two they could die from it. Is that true or just an old wives tale?
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by on May. 26, 2013 at 3:22 PM
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jridgill
by Sapphire Member on May. 27, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Bump!
tarakay0417
by on May. 28, 2013 at 12:04 AM
This.

Quoting larissalarie:

It's actually age one. And it's because of the botulism that can be in honey. Harmless to someone older, but it can make a baby extremely ill because their system isn't mature enough to deal with it yet.
momofquinadeva
by on May. 28, 2013 at 12:07 AM

yes very true

---terrah---
by on May. 28, 2013 at 7:16 AM

I agree with this. Definitely wait on honey until a baby at least turns a year old. But it does seem like research is changing and some studies are showing that between 6 and 12 months is a great time to introduce foods like eggs, nuts etc (at least that is what my pediatrician says). Supposedly, they have found that the older you get, the more chance you have of developing an allergy.

As a parent, you have to do what you are comfortable with. So with our pediatricians blessing, we introduced our baby slowly to dairy products, nuts, berries and eggs all before a year with no problem. We just did it very slowly. 


Quoting emkirkley:

actually, only the honey part is true.  The newest research shows that introducing berries, fish, shellfish, nuts, eggs and dairy between 6 and 12 months is the safest time to introduce them to reduce the risk of allergies, younger than that and older than that  can actually increase allergy rates.

Quoting brittany208:

true. NO honey (or strawberries or eggs or milk...) for babies under one!!




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