Everyone has heard at one point or another that babies should not have honey. That's a fact. Honey has little...
Everyone has heard at one point or another that babies should not have honey. That's a fact. Honey has little spores, Clostridium botulinum that can cause botulism (food poisoning). images1.jpgLittle babies, under the age of one year, have undeveloped digestive tracks and immune systems that can't handle honey exposure. While an adult won't grow the spores after eating honey, a baby will. That said, what about bread, crackers, cereals, and other products that contain honey? Can your baby eat them? The Mayo Clinic notes that undercooked foods can contain spores. However the spores can be killed when heated to a high enough temperature. But, you can't kill them at home. For example, cracker ingredients are heated so high during processing that it will kill any spores, thus your child can eat crackers, breads, and other products that are commercially made with honey. Just plain boiling in your kitchen pot though; that won't work. You can't get your pot hot enough. You have to heat it very hot - and there are some strains that are more heat-resistant than others. So processed foods are safe (never thought I'd say that) and homemade foods are out - at least when it comes to honey.

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