When Can Babies Have Honey?
There is nothing more rewarding or beautiful than watching your baby grow and thrive. Time, however, seems to fly by, leaving you wondering where did it all go?. Before long, your adorable new baby will learn to crawl, learn how to speak and eventually take their first steps. As a parent, you just want to stop the clock so you can treasure every single moment. In addition to the physical and developmental changes that your baby will make, they will also slowly begin to transition from consuming only breast milk and formula to eating table foods.
Can I Give My Baby Honey? Is It Safe?
It is strongly advised that you wait until your baby has their first birthday before introducing honey in any capacity.
While it is delicious and has a plethora of benefits, giving your baby honey too soon can cause extreme adverse reactions. There are many foods that can be quite harmful to a baby if introduced too soon. Giving your baby honey may seem like a harmless act, but it would be wise to really consider what the other possibilities might be.
Consumption of honey before the age of one year old can result in your baby developing botulism. Botulism is rare, but if left untreated it can, unfortunately, be fatal. Most babies, however, will recover with proper medical treatment.
Side Effects of Giving Your Baby Honey Too Soon
Honey is such an amazing ingredient. In addition to being used as a natural sweetener, honey is also often used in skin products as well as in medicine.
Due to its popularity and the wide range of uses, most never think about what giving your baby honey will do. What many parents do not know is that honey can contain a spore called “Clostridium Botulinum.” This spore is often found in honey as well as in dirt.
Starting Your Baby On Solids
Introducing your baby to solid foods can be an exciting time. Experimenting with textures and discovering what your baby likes and dislikes can be a journey on its own. Whether you choose to make your baby’s food from scratch or feed them store-bought options, it is important to use precautions.
Your child’s pediatrician will give you a detailed outline of the types of foods to give your baby and when you should introduce them. It is important to follow these guidelines to ensure you don’t inadvertently cause issues with your baby’s digestion. Melons, citrus, and even giving your baby honey have been known to cause issues in young children.
Using Caution When Introducing New Foods
Usually, between the age of 4-months and 6-months, most babies will begin to show signs that they are ready to start trying out solids. Some parents, however, may choose to go off the beaten path and experiment with foods that may not coincide with the recommended food schedule. While it’s perfectly okay to use your own judgment in determining if your baby is ready for certain food groups, you must still err on the side of caution.
Be patient and use your best judgment before feeding your baby honey!
Due to the fact that honey is used in so many applications, it would be wise to always read labels before accidentally giving your baby honey. Some brands of cough medicine will also often contain honey. There is no need, however, to be paranoid and overthink every single thing you give your baby.
As stated previously, fatalities from giving your baby honey are very rare. In the event, your baby does get sick they will more than likely recover just fine. For the time being, just use your due diligence when choosing certain foods. It can truly be exciting to introduce new flavors and textures to your baby who is equally as enthusiastic to try them. However, don’t forget to be patient and allow your baby to slowly become acclimated within her or his food journey.
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