hi is it ok too put honey on a 2mnth olds dummy

Angela - posted on 03/17/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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does it cause any illnesses or anything???

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Shelly - posted on 03/18/2009

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NO NO NO NO can I be any clearer...You never give a child under the age of 2yrs honey.  Botulism can kill  a baby!!!  So DO NOT give your baby honey!!!

Tanya - posted on 03/18/2009

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Well as you probably know by now, Honey is not good for babies under age 1. Also, I would stick with breast milk or formula, but at the same time, if a baby doesn't take the pacifier on their own, I wouldn't push it! It's usually turns into a bad habit to break. I was very fortunate with both my girls. They gave it up on their own at 1 yr old, but I see preschoolers at 4 still crying for their dummy.

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Sherri - posted on 12/07/2013

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My baby girl just turned 5 months old. I gave her a little bit of honey juice and warm water in her bottle for a cough she got. Then I read all this stuff about botulism from honey. Now I'm worried to death! How long before I don't have to worry anymore, about her getting it?

Angela - posted on 03/18/2009

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im not going to give my kid honey lol no need to stress Shelly Burton this is why i asked this qu too see if it is ok. yes i have given it to him before as a way to settel him but now i read all of this i will not give it to him again. and just to clear things up im not trying to force the dummy on him he already loves it. its just he is really unsetteled and only settels when he has a bottel and somthing on his dummy seems to calm him for ages but thanx again for al;l the replys yous have all helped heaps xx :)

Angela - posted on 03/18/2009

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hi all thanx for the replys. i asked this qu cause my boy has been real grumpy all week so i was thinking if he had some thing nice on his dummy he might settel because the only time he is happy is when he has a bottel. well i deff wont be giving him honey i feel kinda bad as i have given it to him like 3 times.



to Sandra Vermeulen

i love the grip water idea i would never had thought of that thanx so much



to Melissa Donnelly thanx to u also i might try this too as it will be some thing diff for him

Sandra - posted on 03/18/2009

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I really did not know you could not put honey on a baby’s dummy but as you posted the question I did a little research on the internet and have learnt something new, apparently Honey sometimes contains a spore of the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. This can cause a rare form of food poisoning (botulism) in babies and, very occasionally, in adults. Babies under six months are most vulnerable.



BUT you can use Woodward's Gripe Water



Baby’s love it and it is a rapid relief of wind and gripes, you get 2 in 1.



 



Don't feel bad you are not the only one that did the honey dip my kids ages now 11 and 9 had honey on the dummy lots and lots and lots, in the old days they said it was good but now we know better we are never to old to learn.

Jessica - posted on 03/18/2009

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Maple syrup is not supposed to be given under one either, there is something in the way they process syrups/honey that can grow the bacteria which causes infant botulism. I would be more on board with the nothing but breast milk/formula until 5-6 month age as the earlier you start introducing other foods, the more likely your child is of developing allergies.

Emily - posted on 03/18/2009

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Breastmilk is sweet enough. Anything else disrupts the sensitive flora of a young baby's gut. Especially something sugar-based.

Mel - posted on 03/18/2009

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your right if they want the dummy they will have it but its just nice to give them something sweet to try. 2 months is ok to have those sort of things in moderation.my ex housemates put maple syrup on my daughters dummy when she was about 6 months. not saying maple syrup is right because i woulndt recommend it for other peoples children but if you wish to do so you can put something on thier dummy

Emily - posted on 03/18/2009

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Why would you want to put anythign sweet on your baby's pacifier? If they want it she or he will take it with or without the sweetness. If not, why set your child up to ingest something that shouldn't be ingested by a child of that age?

Deborah - posted on 03/18/2009

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i guess putting something else sweet but healthy is ok but be careful when they get teeth so it doesn't accelerate tooth decay etc.

Mel - posted on 03/17/2009

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honeys not a good idea mate. there is something in it thats not good for babies under 1. maybe find something else you can put on his/her dummy? at 2 months u could try purees like apple or pear but honey is not a good idea

DaNita - posted on 03/17/2009

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NO!!!!!!! honey can contain bacteria that can make your baby's intestines and digestion system not work.

Amie - posted on 03/17/2009

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No honey for babies isn't a good idea. I took this insert off the Health Canada Website for you.



Infant botulism is a rare disease that can affect otherwise healthy children who are less than a year old. The only food that has been linked to infant botulism in Canada is honey, so Health Canada is advising parents and caregivers not to feed honey to infants.

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