To avoid infant botulism children below one year of age should not be fed
honey, says Health Canada. According to the agency honey is the only food in
Canada that has been linked to infant botulism. Therefore the authorities have
advised against mixing honey in infant food.
Clostridium Botulinum causes infant botulism in children less than 1 year of
age and can even lead to paralysis. The bacteria does not change the color,
odor or taste of honey and is neither destroyed by cooking. It is incapable of
growing or producing any toxins in honey, however if the child swallows such
honey the spores in the bacteria grow and produce toxins in the body.
After ingestion of honey if an infant shows signs like- weak cry, inability
to suck, no bowel movements, weak neck, wobbly muscles, lack of facial
expressions, inability to swallow or difficulty in breathing then please
contact the doctor immediately.