Feeding a Baby Honey

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?

Dr. Greene’s Answer:

If there is a question of immune deficiency, I like waiting longer. Otherwise, once kids have reached age 1, they are at dramatically lower risk for infant botulism (the reason we avoid honey in infants).

A small amount of honey in the cereal, or as an ingredient in any other baked good, is far less of a concern than straight, uncooked honey.

Photo credit: Matthew T Rader

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is a practicing physician, author, national and international TEDx speaker, and global health advocate. He is a graduate of Princeton University and University of California San Francisco.

Get Dr. Greene's Wellness Recommendations

Sign up now for a delightful weekly email with insights for the whole family.

  1. Neeli

    My baby boy is 4 month now he is feeding formula milk but he is feeding only 3 ounce every 3 or 4 hour and he should take only 25 or 24 ounce milk in 24 hour is good or not please tell me and help I gave him neolac 1 formula milk


Got an idea, tip or a comment?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *