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Is it safe to give my baby honey?

Never give honey to children younger than twelve months due to the risk of infant botulism. Infant botulism is an illness caused by certain bacteria spores found in soil, air, dust, and some foods, including honey. While rare (about a hundred cases per year in the U.S.), left untreated it can cause paralysis or fatality in infants, whose gastrointestinal tracts aren’t fully developed. Older children and adults don’t have problems with honey.

From The Smart Parent's Guide: Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents by Jennifer Trachtenberg.
The Smart Parent's Guide: Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents

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