Why Honey is Not Recommended for Babies


People might wonder at what age can you give kids honey. The answer to this question is quite simple, but it is also alarming if parents assume honey is completely benign.

The fact is, honey can contain bacterial spores. This is why pediatricians recommend that children be at least 12 months old before they are introduced to honey.

Otherwise, the bacteria can lead to botulism. It is also interesting to note that this bacteria is completely harmless to people over the age of one and to adults.

So if a baby gets a cough or is congested, a young mother might be tempted to put some honey in their milk as this is a remedy that would work well for older children.

However, the honey may or may not have bacteria in it so it is too risky to help alleviate a baby’s cough. For baby proof remedies, consult a pediatrician for a list of suitable alternatives.