Honey and eggs for 6month old?

Patricia - posted on 07/30/2010 ( 165 moms have responded )

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My doctor said that i should let my son try everything including honey and eggs. I told her that all the websites tell us NOT to give this to our kids till they are one but she said its all changed now and that it is fine to give smal amounts of everything she is a great doctor but i just wanted to know if any mother out their have heard this and do u give ur child eggs or honey??

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Nikki - posted on 07/30/2010

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I would get a new Doctor, every medical professional I have spoken to has told me that honey before 12 months can cause infant botulism, which can kill them. The eggs are debatable, only a very small percentage of children will have a severe egg allergy, I would personally leave until about 8 months, then introduce them cautiously.

Shai - posted on 01/07/2012

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My daughter is now 6-month old. And I had her take honey since she was like 3-month old. And then I read about the botulism. So far, my daughter is doing okay. But I am quite worried right now. Starting tomorrow, I will remove the "honey" from her food list. One thing though, I read articles about how honey causes botulism but I haven't
read any testimonials yet.

Bethany - posted on 07/31/2010

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In Australia, the health workers suggest no honey until atleast 12 mths, because of the risk of Infant Botulism (google it)

It is suggested to introduce the egg yolk anytime after 6mths, but hold off on the egg white, which is the bit with the allergen, until at least 12 mths. ( lots on google, too)

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I recently read a study that said babies who have eggs at 6 months have less chance of an allergy to them later in life. But then that's just one study.

And now that I think about it, my doc told me the same thing, except my daughter was around 10 months when we started giving her everything.

Erika - posted on 08/12/2010

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Hi Patricia,
I haven't heard anything different about honey -- I think it should still be avoided early on.

However, I JUST read something on someone's blog about eggs that I thought was interesting. Our second child is coming up on 6 mos. old, so I'm re-looking into all things baby food. These two different blogs might just give you something to mull over ... as always, you need to make the decision that's best for your family and that you're comfortable with! :-)

Here's the article that talks specifically about eggs: http://thehealthyhomeeconomist.blogspot....

...and this one talks about good "first" foods for babies (and also mentions eggs): http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2010/04/f...

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Alexis - posted on 12/26/2010

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If your child is allergic to something, they are allergic period. I would want to know now while I had them in my sight instead of when they are at someone elses house or gets into something when im not looking. And yes the research on the subject changes every year. In fact eating local honey is suppose to help build antibodies to local pollen allergies. Also most allergies to food are genetic, if neither you or your sons dad and close family don't have allergies to food more than likely your son does not either. If you don't feel comfortable though there is no reason you can't wait until he is older. Its totally up to you and what you are comfortable with.

Lydia - posted on 12/26/2010

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i live in israel, but i am born in germany. in both countries they currently recommend to give the baby to try everything, but not honey. exposing babies early to all kinds of food is thought to prevent food allergies. however there is not yet enough proof of this. the old recommendation to wait with certain foods doesn't prevent allergies, but avoids dangerous allergic reactions at a very young age. (for example peanut allergy reactions are often life threatening, hence they recommend to wait to introduce it)

Momof1 - posted on 12/25/2010

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My son is 13 months and he has yet to have honey or peanut butter. I will wait until he is 2 for both of those. As far as eggs, I started giving him eggs at 7 months. Just do your research and do what you think is best. But I would not give him honey.

Danielle - posted on 12/24/2010

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I gave my son peanut butter and honey sandwiches when he was less than a year old. Eggs around 10 months old. I mean, as long as there wasn't a reaction I let my son try pretty much everything before he was a year old. Including whole milk and seafood.

Lady Heather - posted on 12/24/2010

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I waited on the honey because that's disease-related rather than an allergy thing. We have no food allergies in my family at all so I gave her some other things earlier. She had egg yolks at 6 months and the whites at about 9 months.

Kristi - posted on 12/23/2010

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Hot dogs are for choking hazard, not for ingredient. Peanuts have a type of natural fungus in them that can hurt the baby. Honey has a natural bacteria that can hurt the baby. Eggs.. They're just worried about Sominilla. Make sure you cook them. And if you give your child hot dogs before the age of three, make sure you cut them down to none-chokable sizes.

Bonnie - posted on 08/24/2010

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I haven't read the other responses so sorry if this is a lot of repetition, but I was always told, do not give a baby egg whites or honey until they are at least a year old. Not sure what is in the egg whites that isn't good for them, but the honey has botulism (sp?).

Holly - posted on 08/24/2010

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honey should be okay. i gave dark wild honey to my son when he was that old. eggs, i dont know about. i heard do not give them whites till after the age 12M. but i know that feeling that you dont want to test it caz your baby could suffer pretty bad! i know some moms that would go for it and say "there immune system will grow!" i didnt do that, wouldn't want to harm my baby! but try honey with wheat bread. dark honey i believe is better then that golden type, i think its organic and natural if you get the one from farmers markets. put it on there bread, light. eggs, i believe they can eat yolk only.. if you dont trust your doctor at all, sadly to say, change doctors! good luck.



by the way, i never heard honey harming kids. i heard its a remedy for colds and such.. its pretty healthy and when i was growing up we ate honey as well as my sisters when they were that young! i gave some to my 2 kids when they were 6 months and up and nothing happened! kids are different from each other and they have a lot going on threw there body, but honey, WOW! to be honest i think its a bunch of crock because of what that one lady said up there, how they found test that honey does this then all of a sudden it might be from your family?! strange!

Martha - posted on 08/19/2010

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It depends but I think that if you child wants to try something I dont think its a good idea to keep them frm trying new things you should embrace it. I think after 6 months a little bit of honey on your pinkey is ok. My daughter ate a lemon at that age and loved it haha. I used to get garbage frm ppl bc I gave my daughter peanutbutter at 10months.

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Depending on where you live the risk of contracting salmonella from eggs is very small - here in the UK eggs with the Lion mark are screened for salmonella so there's no risk of catching it.

Emily - posted on 08/19/2010

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I wouldn't give your kid much at that age. They still have a delicate digestive system and giving them just anything might upset there tummy or like other moms have written an allergic reaction. But a lot of people are forgetting to mention that if it's honey that's organic and made strictly by bees then yes it has a bacteria in it that may hurt or kill your kid. That's why most honey packages have the do not feed to infants printed on it's label. Now if it's clover honey or honey flavored corn syrup then it should be alright. I would just recommend starting off with simple stuff first and when your baby gets older then introduce more stuff. Hope this helps.

Adria - posted on 08/14/2010

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Your doctor is an idiot! Honey is NOT ok for babies. There's some kind of chemical in it that babies bodies aren't mature enough for. I don't know about eggs-but definitely NO to honey. I would change my pediatrician, but that's just me.

Ashley - posted on 08/14/2010

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We seen a nutritionist to get some ideas for meals and snacks for my 9 month old a couple weeks ago and she said absolutely NO honey until the first bday but eggs r fine just watch closely bc many babies have allergic reactions to the eggs...

Lotta - posted on 08/14/2010

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I would just like to ask if there is anyone on here that HAS given their baby honey and their baby HAS had an allergic reaction? I'm sorry this is my opinion and there most likely is a risk but isn't there a risk in everything these days?? Just about everything has something cancer causing (eg) YES even fruit and vegetables most of them are sprayed with pesticides that really cant be good for anyone, I am willing to bet that most people that have commented were fed a touch of honey when they were bubs I know just about everyone that I know in my generation where given honey and no one I know has had any major health concerns.... Sure there is a risk definitely, thats real, I mean I haven't decided when I am going to give my son honey I may or may not in the next few months he is 5 months. there have never been allergies on his fathers or my side and I have always been very healthy and my son seems the same. I just believe that everything gets blown out of proportion these days. But EGGS!!! yummo! Kaden already has tried egg whites...

Jennifer - posted on 08/13/2010

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Do NOT give your child raw honey! It contains bacteria that a babys immune system cannot fight and can make them very ill! Youn are supposed to wait until they are 2.About the eggs...I don't know...but probably not for a 6 month old!

Beverlee - posted on 08/13/2010

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I just received a pamphlet a few months ago and it sd NO honey for children under a yr old. I don't think things have changed in just a few months. Also you shouldn't give your child peanut butter before a yr-it used to be 2 yrs, but that did change. It's still 3-4 yrs before seafood(anything with a shell). I remember when they wanted you to wait til they were at least 5 for that.

Stephanie - posted on 08/13/2010

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Have not heard about this. I was told to make sure my kids didn't have that stuff till after 1 yr.

Stephanie - posted on 08/13/2010

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They originally said to wait on eggs and honey because of allergies. As it turns out they now say that unless your family has a history of allergies it will actually help keep them from getting them if given earlier. Egg yolks are high in saturated fats which is good for brain development but who do you know that will only eat the yolk? Eggs are fine. The honey actually has live bacteria in it which again can build immunity without getting them sick. At the same time it is a bacteria. Personally at 6 months that would be a little scary to me as they still have a wide range of foods that have not been tried yet. I would wait a few months for the honey and go all out with the eggs because it is a great brain food for babies. Another great brain food avacodos.

Gayl - posted on 08/12/2010

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No honey!! Honey has been one of the few things that has been directly linked to SIDS (as ONE possible influence) and kids are susceptible to SIDS until age five. Experimenting with foods is great but be cautious with honey, peanut butter, and shell fish. Hope that helps and good luck to you, Patricia!

Jane - posted on 08/12/2010

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get a new doctor. what could have possibly changed unless your doctor knows of some new genetically enginereed honey and eggs.????

Jaelyn - posted on 08/12/2010

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I did a LOT of research on the subject and all newer research shows that those age restrictions for foods are outdated. The only recommendation my pediatrician gave me was not to introduce more than 1 new food in a week period so you can screen for food allergies. Both of my kids had pnut butter, honey, eggs, and anything else they could gnaw their way through without sickness or complication :) Trust your "mommy instincts", that's usually the best advice to follow.

Amy - posted on 08/12/2010

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I just took my daughter to her 9 mo appt and asked about eggs. The pediatrician said that there's not enough evidence to say one way or the other but that their practice recommends waiting until 1 yr old. It's not like I'm in a rush to feed her those things, there's plenty of other food to introduce.

Katie - posted on 08/12/2010

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my mother told me she gave my 2 sisters, me, and my twin nephews eggs when we were about 6 months. i'm 22 now, and my 2 sisters are 20 and 17. so i think if she did it way back then i think your child is fine especially if your child's dr said it was fine. i mean they tell you not to give your kid cinnamon for awhile cause a lot of ppl are allergic to that too but they have it in a lot of baby food now. all foods are trial and error. i mean how would we ever know if we were allergic to a certain food if we were never introduced to it. as long as its not something completely solid i think it'd be ok.

Carisa - posted on 08/12/2010

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Honey! Really? The reason you are not supposed to give babies under 1 honey is because it can contain botulism. There digestive systems can't handle it and they can get very sick. As for everything else...between my two girls (4 and 1) my doctor did a 180 on restricting food. For my youngest, honey was the only thing she restricted.

Tiffany - posted on 08/12/2010

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I would definitely wait. Why chance it? I haven't heard of any changes like that and my doctor has said no to honey and eggs until after she is 1. Especially the honey.

Megan - posted on 08/12/2010

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Eggs babies can have the yolks completely cooked at 9 months and then the whole egg at 1. Do not give a baby honey or peanut butter until at least two. The honey could as the other moms said poison your baby, ignore your doctor on this one and trust your instincts. You aren't even supposed to give them cereal or anything with honey in it. If I were you I'd look for a new doctor because this one doesn't know what they are talking about, and make sure you tell anyone else you know who sees that doctor because their children may be at risk as well.

Amy - posted on 08/12/2010

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at my daughter's 16 mth visit, her dr told us no honey or peanut butter. Honey has bacteria in it that can make her really sick, even kill them. They had also told us that she can have the yolk of the egg as long as it's completely cooked n at 1, she can have the whole thing, again totally cooked. Can't remember when they said it was ok for the white of the egg though. 9 mths? 6? not sure, it's been awhile

Amanda - posted on 08/11/2010

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I agree with everyone...I would not give Honey.
And maybe it wouldn't be a bad idea to look into a new pediatrician.

Tricia - posted on 08/11/2010

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egg yolks are safe at 6 mo. i say go with your gut. I would avoid honey till age 2 but thats just been the recommendation to me growing up with lots of aunts.

Jennette - posted on 08/11/2010

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i would wait. its not going to hurt to wait until there 1st birthday for honey,peanutbutter and the eggs. my niece found out by my mom giving her eggs at 7 months. allergic reactions are not to take lightly. dont listen to ur dr. u might end up in the er and i no u will not want to go there. its realy up to u. but if u can hold off on all these food the better for ur baby u and him/her will be. good luck with u choice.

Christine - posted on 08/11/2010

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Definitely wait on the honey. This recommendation has not changed, ever. No honey before age 1. The digestive system of a baby cannot handle it properly yet. The same can be said for the eggs... but this one is not as serious as the honey, as it won't kill your baby (honey can, do not doubt this for a second), but it can cause serious allergy problems if it is introduced too early. All that being said, I would wait until at least 1 year of age. The same reasoning is used for cow's milk; it is pasturized, therefore not natural (as breast milk is), and that is why you should wait until the baby is at least 1 year of age. Good luck!

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I'm really intruiged by the whole they can't have the yolk/white of egg until a certain age. In the UK there are no restrictions on when white and yolk should be given. Eggs can be given from 6 months onwards providing they are hard-boiled. Just curious as to the reason why you've been told that yolk /white shouldn't be given until a certain age?

Christina - posted on 08/11/2010

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I am in nursing school and about to graduate this month. In school they teach us about certain that should wait till a year old due to having a high risk for allergy, like milk, eggs, peanut butter, etc. Honey, however, was in a totally different category, it was definitely made clear that you don't give honey, which can actually kill your baby. I have an 11 old and he drinks milk, eats cheese and does fine. I have held out with peanut butter and he wint get that til after age one. Peanut allergy is a really bad allergy and just about everything you buy in the store has some sort of peanut or the oil in it. I have also not given my baby honey and don't plan on it. He is fine without it and even if the doctor says that it is ok why would you give your child something that for years has been said to kill babies. I'm also not going to risk it at age one either because every baby is different. I hope this help and I would definitely err on the side of caution.

Sharon - posted on 08/10/2010

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Why rock the boat? Honey is a no-no until >1 yr old. I would never try anything that would potentially hurt my child - esp since so many pple / writeups are dead against it. I haven't tried eggs yet with my 9.5month old but will hard-boil the egg and give him just the yolk soon. There are so many other things to try... I'm sure you can find foods which are safe, tasty and appealing to feed your little one! Oh yah, leave nuts alone too... till later..

A - posted on 08/10/2010

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I think you can do egg whites before 1 year (maybe 9 months) but no egg yolk until a year, and absolutely no honey before one year. Chances are most children won't have a reaction, especially, if there is no history in your family, but is it worth the risk of killing your child just to give them this food? Of course not. My son is 15 months and I still haven't introduced eggs, honey, or nuts, or cows milk. There is a history of allergies in my family (including myself). I have 4 nephews. Two of them have almost died because of allergic reactions. One of them has been hospitalized several times. I'm not taking the chance. Many people have food allergies and don't even know it. I had food allergies and didn't find out until I was in high school. Turns out my asthma and skin problems I've had all my life are related and were probably made worse by me eating things I wasn't supposed to. Symptoms can be a small diaper rash, or just being tired. Easy to miss and just chalk up to being in a diaper too long or going through a growth spurt or a short nap. I plan to have my son tested when he gets a little older so I don't have to worry about missing symptoms or feeding him.

Julie - posted on 08/10/2010

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Um, God made honey and God gave us eggs...

But I hope you are still breastfeeding at 6 months 'Breast is Best' you know ;o)

Jen - posted on 08/10/2010

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I think its egg yolk from 9 months and the whites from 1, and honey, well they don't actually need honey...., its just not worth it. My neice some how got hold of egg when she was around 6 months and had a really bad reaction, she was introduced too early and they had to reintroduce it slowly into her diet lately (she is now 3 going on 4)

Holli - posted on 08/10/2010

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I haven't heard that. I'd probubly wait. Start by giving them foods with that in it... then slowly add it in to their diet. My daughter is 1 and she still has a hard time with eggs.

Roxy - posted on 08/10/2010

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Never heard of that either,I have some honey in my pantry and it even says on the bottle "Do not give to children under 12 months of age." I would wait too.My daughter will be 1 on the 31st and she has never touched the stuff.

Reagan - posted on 08/10/2010

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Eggs, maybe. But, not honey. Even though I THINK that I heard cooked honey is ok (like graham crackers, honey grahams). I say go with your gut. If you don't feel good about it, don't do it. He has his whole life for honey and eggs. I have not given my child either and she is almost 10 months.

Raven - posted on 08/09/2010

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I waited until my older daughter was 18mo for honey. Keep in mind this is for RAW honey. Honey cereal is fine. I personally give eggs starting at 9mos because we have no egg allergies in either side of the family. I also give strawberries at 9mos though and my sister is allergic, but I just watch baby for a few days to ensure that there is no reaction. The spores in honey can kill baby's, but there is still a VERY low chance of it.

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I was given the following advice - eggs can be given after 6 months but must be hard-boiled and no honey before the age of 1.

Kayla - posted on 08/08/2010

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my son just turned 7 months old...I just got him a new pediatrician and she is amazing...she told me to let my son try different things however do not give him eggs,peanuts,or honey...honey simply because it can set up botchilism(i dont know if i spelt that right) ...go with your instincts its your child and your their protector..besides drs dont know everything

Roxanne - posted on 08/08/2010

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egg yoke is brain food!!!yoke is great for babies, its the white that is ify. i gave my son egg yoke from about 7months and have just started him on eggs now at 12months

Nan - posted on 08/08/2010

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The reason why you avoid honey is because it can contain very small amounts of botulism spores. For adults and those who have built up a good immune system, it's not enough to cause problems. For babies though, it could be deadly.

My first impression -- your doctor is an idiot.

What does your gut tell you, because frankly given the bad advice I have been given about babies over the years by the medical professionals, they are the last place I would look to for advice on what to feed a baby.

Colleen - posted on 08/07/2010

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A commonly asked question when it comes to foods for infants is about giving babies honey. It is said that honey should never be given to a child under the age of 12 months old. In fact, The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that honey should not be added to food, water, or formula that is fed to infants younger than 12 months of age. This technically, applies even to honey in baked or processed food goods. The AAP statement says "Raw or unpasteurized honey (Infants younger than 12 months should avoid all sources of honey)". AAP Pediatric Nutrition Handbook

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