Honey has a special status when it comes to introducing it to baby nutrition. As healthy as it is in general, it is so dangerous for the health of babies under 1 year. The risk of infant botulism is huge if babies are given honey sooner than they should! There are other risks of honey consumption in babies, but for older children it is full of benefits.
When should honey be introduced into baby nutrition?
It is important to wait for the child's first birthday before giving him foods containing honey. The digestive system of the baby is immature and sensitive, and the consumption of honey before 12 months can germinate it. These spores are harmless to adults and children over 1 year, because naturally occurring microorganisms in the intestines prevent bacteria from multiplying and causing medical damage.
Why is baby honey dangerous?
Honey consumption in infants has been associated with infant botulism. This is an extremely dangerous food poisoning that can cause death. Infantile botulism is a disease that is characterized by the ingestion of a bacterium by infants that produces botulinum toxin inside the body.
These are spores of the bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. This bacterium is found in garbage, dirt and even dust. The most known source of contamination is honey. Apart from this extremely dangerous effect, there is another reason why it is not good to give the baby honey. This contains sugars, even if natural, and over time they can promote the early appearance of caries in childhood, especially in the upper dental arch.
Also, getting used to the baby with the sweet taste of honey, even after 1 year, is dangerous for future eating habits. Most parents are accustomed to passing the pacifier through honey and thus calming the baby when crying or putting honey in tea or milk. Thus you develop a preference for sweet taste, which could have harmful effects later in childhood.
It can also cause intestinal colic in children, if you are not careful about the amounts you give the baby. Although honey is not listed as one of the high allergenic foods, pollen allergy is one of the most common. Many babies have been found to have allergies to pollen, which makes them allergic to honey.
The benefits of honey in raising children
However, it does not mean that you cannot or should not use honey in your child's diet. It is the best and healthy substitute for harmful sugar, but you must be careful about the quantities and frequency you give it to the little ones. After reaching the age of 1 year, you can use honey as a sweetener for milk or tea, but never put more than 1 teaspoon.
Honey has a lot of benefits for the health of children - it contributes to the growth and development of hair and a fine and shiny skin. Contains plenty of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that contribute to the health of older children - mineral salts such as iron, calcium, phosphorus, protein, amino acids and B vitamins.
Among the essential properties of honey are: the soothing effect; laxative effect; antiseptic; antiemetics; detoxifier (especially kidneys and liver). Honey has proven effective in combating insomnia, coughing and treating anemia. It can also be used by older children to relieve neck pain. It also triggers the production of saliva and can be used as a natural expectorant in case of cough.
Some specialists argue that it can also contribute to the disobedience of the child to wet the bed, that is, to treat enuresis. It has the property and benefit of absorbing moisture and retaining water, which may cause less urination to children at night if given in the evening before bed in very small quantities.
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