Why is “Honey” harmful to babies?

Honey which is sweet and yummy can be harmful sometimes. Today, ACU PAY will take you all to take a look at the reason why honey is harmful to babies. Let’s find out the harmful effects of honey on babies together.


Infants must not intake Honey since it is so harmful to death

Infants are at high risk of contracting diseases because their immunity is still low. Some organs are developing and some are not yet fully functioning, such as the digestive system. This allows bacteria to enter the body through the gastrointestinal tract, divide themselves, and generate spores and toxins. Nonetheless, in the case of children or adults, the intestines can remove the bacteria from the body before the bacteria increases, so honey can be consumed without harm.

In addition, the taste of honey is too sweet, which will cause infants who consume honey to be addicted to sweet taste, or to have decayed teeth, obesity, or maybe a lack of nutritions. It can be obviously seen that parents should not feed honey to babies because it can risk exposure to germs or toxins. Thus, before feeding the baby, parents should carefully study first. Otherwise, it can be harmful, especially for infants under one year old.

Infant botulism

This disease is caused by the development of Clostridium botulinum bacteria which creates botulism toxins in the infant’s digestive tract. The infant’s digestive tract has important factors suitable for germination which are poor development of movement and low acidity. Symptoms found in infants begin with constipation, loss of appetite, fatigue, difficulty swallowing, soft-voice crying, and a weak neck. This disease can be prevented by avoiding feeding things that may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum bacteria, such as honey for infants less than one-year-old.


There is news about feeding honey to babies both at home and internationally. In Thailand, there was a case about an adult feeding honey to a 6-months-old baby and the baby died. 

This devilish germ will grow well and create toxins in low oxygen conditions. It is often found in;

  1. Canned food with non-standard storage such as dents, leaks, or cracks
  2. Bucketed shoots that have not been cooked long enough or adjusted for proper acidity.
  3. Honey

How to prevent babies from getting Clostridium botulinum from honey are:

  1. Do not let babies have honey
  2. Keep honey away from babied
  3. Tell other children not to feed honey to babies

Infant botulism is at risk only for infants. The proportion of the possibility of this infection being found inside honey in the market is only 5%, which is very small.

Therefore, when parents give their children meals, everything should be especially careful about. Many adults may think that honey is a tonic. If babies eat it, it should help them stay healthy. In fact, honey contains spores of bacteria that harm the baby’s intestines, and nervous systems and can cause death.

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