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Information on Feeding Babies Honey

Part of the fun of having a child and being a parent is seeing what types of foods the child enjoys. There are some guidelines put in place by pediatricians as to when babies can begin consuming certain foods as well as when it is time to wean them from formula and begin giving them more solid foods. Manuka honey is a food that parents will often consider giving to children since it does have a sweet factor but not many concerns around choking or allergies. But, when is the best time to start introducing honey to a baby?

Generally, pediatricians suggest to wait to give babies honey until they are at least 12 months or older. The reason for this is that honey can contain spores of bacteria that are known to lead to botulism. This does not mean, however, that the honey is contaminated – these bacteria spores occur naturally and usually do not affect children over the age of one and adults who have a normal immune system. Since babies digestive and immune systems are still developing, this bacteria can be harmful and even deadly.

Once your baby has passed the one-year mark, honey is a perfectly acceptable food to eat. Honey, in fact, can have a number of different benefits for children over one and toddlers – not only is it a great way to naturally sweeten your child’s food without added sugars or preservatives (considering you are using raw, organic honey) it can also be a source of sustained energy for growing children while also providing them with a number of essential vitamins and minerals in a simple and tasty way.

In addition to these great health benefits, honey is also suitable because it is a choke free food that parents do not have to worry about feeding their children. While this is all well and good, it is important to know that for some children who have allergic reactions to pollen or bee stings, consuming raw honey may be a cause for concern. Make sure to check with your pediatrician or family doctor if you child has one of these allergies to help avoid any severe symptoms including anaphylactic shock.

Ultimately, feeding honey to young children is acceptable as long as they are over the age of one and do not have any underlying allergies to pollens or bees – with those issues aside, honey can actually have a number of benefits, especially for toddlers. It is important to remember, when feeding babies honey or any kind of solid food, that their immune systems and digestive tracts are not fully developed. Should you be mindful of this information, there should be no issues introducing honey to your young child.

9 thoughts on “When is a Good Time to Introduce a Baby to Manuka Honey?

  1. Julia

    Hi. I´ve just bought some Manuka Honey and I was thinking to give a teaspoon a day to my daughter, who´s almost 10 yrs old. But reading your article, especially your mention: “these bacteria spores (….) usually do not affect children over the age of one and adults who have a normal immune system” I´m feeling quite insecure regarding strengthen my daughter´s immune system with this type of honey.. I´m actually really scared.. So, finally, can you assure me, please, that Manuka honey is safe for the children. And if it is, how should a 10 yrs old kid take it: a teaspoon a day..or..?? Thank you!

    • ManukaHoneyUSA

      Hello Julia
      There are no known side affects to manuka honey, according the Dr. Peter Molan, the manuka honey researcher of 25+ years. Manuka Honey is pure, raw, natural, unpasteurized honey that has been UMF Lab tested, certified and licensed (Manuka Honey UMF(R)16+. You could give your 10 year old daughter 2x 1/2 teaspoon a day, in the morning and evening, in tea, on toast or by itself to help strengthen the immune system. I know it is very effective, as I use this honey daily myself, and it is very rare for me to end up with a cold / cough, unless everyone around me is sick as well. Manuka Honey has helped strengthen my immune system for the past 2 decades. Hope this helps. Have a great day – best regards Elaine

  2. Julia

    Thank you very much for your answer !

  3. Jamie

    My son is 6 and I’m also wanting to
    Help him with immune system and allergies he has I’m also afraid of a reaction too it is
    This possible how much can he take

    • ManukaHoneyUSA

      Hello Jamie
      Children 1.5 years and younger (18 months and younger) can not have any honey, as their digestive system is NOT ready to digest honey. However, your son is old enough to consume some honey. We know from 26+ years of research by Dr. Peter Molan from the Waikato University in New Zealand, that Manuka Honey is a very special honey. It is considered a “natural anti-biotic”. From my own personal experience I know how much it helped me to build a strong immune system by taking 2-3 teaspoons a day in tea, on toast, on a peanut butter sandwich etc. When it comes to allergies, the best thing you can do, is to look up a Local Beekeeper who sells a local wild flower honey, the kind of pollen that flies around in your area. By eating just 1 TEAspoon of local honey in your area daily, during the entire year, is known to help with local allergies. If you don’t know where to start looking for a local beekeeper, just visit the National Honey Board, located in Colorado, their website is For authentic and UMF(R) Licensed Manuka Honey in the US, visit our site at If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to call us anytime MO-FR 9-5 EST, Orlando FL at 1-800 395 2196 or (407) 271 8484 Kind regards Elaine

  4. Imran

    I hope you are doing good.
    My 13 months daughter has problem of sore throat the third time with high grade fever, and throat culture has showed pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria. Doctor has advised her ciprofloxacin syrup for 10 days twice daily 5ml.
    I also want to have her manuka honey to help eliminating this bacteria. the article says that after 1 year,child can be given honey, but you have mentioned above to wait for 1.5 years.

    It is request to please suggest whether and which honey is Ok for my baby.
    I will be grateful for your kind reply on this.
    best regards,

    • ManukaHoneyUSA

      The National Honey Board says that children must be 18 months or OLDER, before given any honey, as their digestive system is not ready to digest honey. Also, if a honey is not pure, raw, natural, un-pasteurized, it could potentially contain botulism spores, which can be DEADLY for an INFACT! Please seek the advice of your local doctor…

  5. Marta

    Good morning, my son is 2,5 yo and I would like to start giving him Manuka honey on daily basis. We both with my husband do this and thought it’s a safe time to start. No known allergies for honey. How much daily would be good for him? He weighs about 15kg thank You

    • ManukaHoneyUSA

      Hello Marta
      Children 18 months or younger can not have any honey at all, for 2 reasons: their digestive system is not ready to digest honey, and if the honey has been pasteurized, it could contain botulism spores, which can be deadly for in infant. As of 2+ years, you are OK to give your children a little honey, maybe a half a teaspoon a day to keep them healthy year-round. We also suggest asking your local doctor regarding the amount of honey to give a small child. You can also get more general information from the National Honey Board at, they too have very interesting articles and a ton of honey recipes for year-round use and holidays. I hope this helps for now – best regards Elaine

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