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Can I give my baby Honey?

Can I give my baby Honey | Honey to babies | No Honey for babies below a year | Why Honey should not be offered for babies below a year | Infant Botulism | Effects of Infant Botulism  | No Honey for Infants

Can I give honey to my baby why no honey for babies below an year infant botulism what is infant botulism symptoms of infant botulism when to visit a doctor for infant botulism

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Honey in India is not just food but considered divine. It is used in many medicines, especially ayurvedic. During festivals and even regular pooja, it is included in teertha and prasad. It is also used for abhishekam for gods & goddesses. Maybe these are the reasons why we Indians do not hesitate to offer Honey to a baby. Honey can leave serious implications in a baby which can even be fatal and hence please read this article fully to understand it better.

Honey is a great natural sweetener, rich in antioxidants, and has great medicinal healing properties. However, it is not recommended for babies below a year. Be it mass-produced honey or local honey, raw honey or pasteurized honey, organic honey, or any type, it must never be given to them. Foods cooked or baked with honey should also be completely avoided.

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Why should you not offer Honey to babies below a year?

Can I give honey to my baby why no honey for babies below an year infant botulism what is infant botulism symptoms of infant botulism when to visit a doctor for infant botulism

Honey may occasionally consist of spores of bacteria called Clostridium Botulinum. Spores are reproductive cells capable of redeveloping and multiplying on their own. These spores can turn into bacteria in the bowels and produce harmful neurotoxins into the body. This condition can cause Infant Botulism. Our digestive systems are mature and our immunity is better than children, hence it doesn’t cause an issue in adults.

Effects of Infant Botulism

Infant Botulism is an illness that produces toxins and can lead to skeletal muscle paralysis. This majorly affects the nerve function in babies and causes weakness.

Symptoms of Infant Botulism

Can I give honey to my baby why no honey for babies below an year infant botulism what is infant botulism symptoms of infant botulism when to visit a doctor for infant botulism

Studies say that it affects 70% of babies with a record of around 2% death rate. The symptoms could be

  1. Weakness
  2. Constipation
  3. Difficulty in feeding
  4. Droopy eyelids
  5. Weak cry
  6. Trouble in breathing
  7. Loss of head control
  8. Bilateral Facial Weakness
  9. Paralysis spreading downward
  10. Seizures

The symptoms can show up within 12-36 hours and sometimes later too. Please ensure to inform the doctor about honey intake so that there are a fair diagnosis and proper treatment. An incorrect diagnosis may prove fatal, as the symptoms are similar to sepsis and a few other illnesses.

Treatment

Botulism Immune Globulin Intravenous (BIGIV) antitoxin injection is administered for faster recovery and shorter hospital stays. During recovery, it is advised to take care of proper nutrition, monitor breathing, and keeping the airway clearer.

Be it as a medication for cough, teething, on anna prashana or namakarana …. Kindly take charge and do not offer honey to your child.

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Can I give my baby Honey?

Can I give honey to my baby why no honey for babies below an year infant botulism what is infant botulism symptoms of infant botulism when to visit a doctor for infant botulism

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