What does honey have that babies can’t eat?
Symptoms of Botulism
Giving honey to babies under 12 months has been associated with a rare, but serious, condition called infant botulism. Infant botulism is caused by exposure to the spores of a bacteria. Clostridium botulinum bacteria spores can grow and multiply in your baby’s intestines.
Why is honey not good for babies?
Infant botulism can also occur if a baby eats food in which C. botulinum spores have multiplied and produced the toxin. Infant botulism has been associated with raw honey. Avoid giving raw honey — even a tiny taste — to babies under age 1.
Is cooked honey Safe for Babies?
The toxin (that is produced in anaerobic conditions) can only be destroyed by boiling (WHO). So technically, honey is not safe for infants even in cooked form such as in baked foods like breads. Botulism spores will NOT be destroyed during and under household cooking methods and temperatures.
Can babies have Honey Nut Cheerios?
Babies should not eat honey or foods with honey, including Honey Nut Cheerios. Honey can contain a certain type of bacteria that a baby’s immune system cannot handle. Avoid foods that can cause choking, like foods with seeds, popcorn, or hard candy.