Honey Emollients & Infants

As a general rule children under the age of 12 months should not ingest raw honey.  This is because honey may contain clostridium botulism spores.  The spores do not germinate in the acidic adult digestive system, but may germinate in the gut of young infants because they do not have well developed intestinal flora.  Cases of infant botulism and all botulism are extremely rare.

The danger of honey affecting young children is only in relation to their under developed gastro intestinal flora.  This means that there is no danger for honey being used topically.

The honey in topical applicants is safe for young children.  This does not however eliminate the need to patch test any new topical product.

Honey, especially Manuka Honey has many health benefits, mainly antibacterial and skin repair properties.  For this reason Manuka Honey is found in many topical health care products.  Some of the Grahams Natural Alternative products contain Manuka Honey and obviously all of the Manuka Health products contain Manuka Honey.

All of the topical applications we sell are safe for babies but the Manuka Health Honey that is to be ingested is not suitable for infants under 2 years of age.

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