Should honey be given to small infants under the age of 12-18 months?
Raw honey has been linked to botulism poisoning in small infants under the age of one, at which time their digestive tracts have not yet fully developed. As a result, many medical doctors advise against giving honey to infants under the age of two. Botulism has also been found in heated honey. All of this is controversial. Raw honey is known to kill bacteria in a few hours. Raw honey is a natural preservative, and it has an almost indefinite shelf life because it is “hygroscopic” (has the ability to readily absorb moisture). Honey contains little moisture and therefore draws water from germs, which are about 90% water, killing them, so honey lasts almost forever. In Prescription for Nutritional Healing, an extremely popular book by the husband and wife team of Phyllis A. Balch, CNC and James F. Balch, M.D., we find this fairly common medical advice: “Buy only unfiltered, unheated, unprocessed honey, and never give honey to an infant under one year of age. In its natural form, honey can