Botulism Poisoning: Reason for Forbidding Honey to the Babies
Infants less than 1 year need special care, especially in terms of their dietary regime. The newborns and the infants between 0-1 year age are very vulnerable to bacteria and the diseases caused by them. The Clostridium bacteria are one of the most dangerous entities that cause Infant Botulism. The spores usually originate in soil, dust and a handful of food like Honey.
Adults are not at a severe risk due to the Botulism spores but the infants can face many troubles like poor muscle strength, floppiness, crying with lower intensity, bowel issues and poor sucking.
Infant Botulism is a pretty common. Infants between 0-6 months are the most vulnerable ones to this disease. Small babies have weak digestive system and hence they are at a great risk. As they grow older, they attain a strong digestive system and their system successfully eradicated the bacteria forming inside the body. Experts are anticipating that the risk of Infant Botulism will grow at a significant rate in the near future if it remains unrecognized and the proper action is not taken soon.
Can I add Honey to Baby food in Small amount?
Infant Botulism generally starts with constipation and then keeps on growing in order to take a fierce form, which can be lethal sometimes. Infant paralysis is one of the worst cases caused by this disease. There is botulinum antitoxin available in the market to treat this lethal disease. Boiling or high temperature is a major solution to get rid of the Botulinum spores. The pasteurized honey is considered healthy but when we are talking about the infants below 1 year age, it’s better to avoid the risk as even after the pasteurization, the bacteria remain in the honey to an extent.
Indian Tradition of Feeding Honey with Golden Spoon to newborn
Honey has always been a special part of the Hindu tradition. Whenever a child is born, the parents or an elderly member of the family taste him or her pure honey with a golden spoon. It is believed that the act will keep the creative juices flowing in the baby and bestow him or her with a prosperous life. It is also believed that contacting pure honey with the baby’s mouth through a golden spoon saves them from various dangers in life. All these beliefs are justified in the Hindu tradition and not by the science. Science says that contacting any form of honey by any means with a new born or 0-1-year-old baby’s mouth can be a risk to their health.
When Can I Start Honey for Infant/Baby?
It’s perfectly okay to feed honey in small amounts to your baby after he or she turns 1-year old. If you wait for another 6 months i.e.; when your baby turns 18-month-old, the fed honey will become nutritious and won’t cause any harm as your baby will have a strong digestive and immune system by then.
Health Benefits of Honey for Kids after 18 months old
Honey has always been considered as a miraculous food for health by many civilizations like India, Greece, Egypt, Rome, Africa and so forth. For the 18 month old or older babies, Honey acts as a great energy booster. Honey mainly contains the combination of sucrose, fructose and glucose. Sucrose and Glucose are digested easily in the system of an 18 year-old baby and provides him instant energy while fructose digests slowly but endures that energy. Pure honey saves your baby’s liver and provides him many useful nutrients like Vitamin and minerals.