Babies should not take any type of honey, Manuka or breakfast for example, until they are at least 12 months old.
This is because honey contains spores of a bacteria called Clostridium botulinum, which can develop in the baby’s immature digestive system, which in extremely rare cases can cause infant botulism which can be fatal.
Once the baby has passed its first birthday the intestine contains microorganisms that stop the bacteria from growing.
However, even after one years old the intake of honey for a small child should be sparingly. This is because of the high natural sugar content and the child’s growing milk teeth.
That said however, many parents choose to include Manuka Honey in their child’s diet in order to help keep the child healthy and fight off the myriad of coughs and colds a small child picks up from everyday life.
If you are considering giving Manuka Honey to your child – who is over 1 years old – then opt for an Active 12+ honey, giving them 1 teaspoon a day. This will help the child’s body create general well-being. Mixed into their breakfast cereal is usually the easiest way – my niece for example has a teaspoon of Queen Bee Manuka Honey (as it’s a sweeter tasting honey compared with usual Manuka Honey) every morning mixed into her Weetabix or porridge.