Dr. Alan Greene answers the question,Should I wait until my son is older before giving him honey?

By Alan Greene, MD, FAAP

Question

Is there ever a time to wait beyond a year for giving a child honey? What about cereals that contain honey, such as Honey Nut Cheerios?

Answer

If there is a question of immune deficiency I like waiting longer, but in general, once kids have reached age 1 they are at dramatically lower risk for infant botulism, which is the reason we delay honey.

As for the cereal, I am more concerned about the "nut" part. The risk of developing serious nut allergies goes way up for kids who get nuts or peanut butter before the first birthday. Otherwise, a small amount of honey as an ingredient in baked goods is far less of a concern than straight, uncooked honey.

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