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No honey for babies!

No honey for babies!

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The French Agency for Food Safety (Afssa) reminded that the consumption of honey is not recommended for infants under 1 year. It could generate infant botulism.

No honey for babies!

  • The French Food Safety Agency (Afssa) recalled in a statement of June 14, 2016 that the consumption of honey was not recommended for infants under one year, according to the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO). It should not be added to infant feeding, or even used on the pacifier or finger to calm a choppy or colicky infant.
  • Indeed, honey is likely to contain spores of the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and can generate infant botulism in children who have an intestinal flora "immature", allowing the spores to grow.
  • The INVS (National Institute for Public Health Surveillance) has noted an increase in cases since 2004.

What is botulism?

  • Infant botulism is a rare disease in France that occurs in infants less than 1 year, particularly susceptible to this infection because their immune system is not yet able to defend itself.
  • Botulism affects the nervous system. It begins with constipation and then general muscle weakness with difficulty in suckling, lack of facial expression, inability to hold one's head and, more rarely, paralysis of the diaphragm requiring rapid access to assistance. respiratory.
  • In most cases, after hospital treatment, the disease recedes without sequelae.

Stéphanie Letellier

More info on the Afssa website

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