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Old 01-10-2011, 08:08 AM   #1
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Ds1, Dd & I all have head colds this morning (Ds1 did yesterday a little too). Dd has been coughing and I am afraid she won't be able to nap with it. It is a gunky wet type cough (she has a stuffy/runny nose). Can I give her honey for it? I give ds1 honey for his coughs so I know it would help out. I know they can have honey after a year but she turned a year mid November so I am still hesitant because she is so close to a year. I don't want to give it to her and cause any tummy problems.

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It's fine as she is over a year old.
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The oldest child with a confirmed case of airborne (infant) botulism was a few days shy of one year.

Academically, your child should be fine. Having lived this nightmare myself, I would wait.
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The oldest child with a confirmed case of airborne (infant) botulism was a few days shy of one year.

Academically, your child should be fine. Having lived this nightmare myself, I would wait.
How old was your child? That reply kind of leaves things up in the air...
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The oldest child with a confirmed case of airborne (infant) botulism was a few days shy of one year.

Academically, your child should be fine. Having lived this nightmare myself, I would wait.
See I am worried because every child developes at their own rate and how do I know if her tummy is ready? I guess I will still wait. I have vicks on her feet and so far no nap coughing. Hopefully that will be good enough! Thank you
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isn't honey pasteurized now? I thought botulism was only a true concern in un-pasteurized foods.... ?
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I started giving my kids a tiny bit of honey at that age... mine were good to go, never (thankfully) experienced botulism or any other type of food poisoning.
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When DD was a bit younger than a year old, our pedi recommended warm apple juice (a bit warmer than room temp) for coughing. It works really well.
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Re: Can I Give My 13 Month Old Honey?

I had the same worries and think they are justified. I put honey on toast and use it in my hot tea in the morning. I avoided giving it dd until she helped herself to a sip of my tea at 14 months. She had no issues with it (or any other health concerns), but I waited until she was 18 months to use it on a normal basis.
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isn't honey pasteurized now? I thought botulism was only a true concern in un-pasteurized foods.... ?
Is raw honey pasteurized? I would be giving her raw honey. It works much better than the other stuff for coughs.
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