Manuka Honey in Calendulis Plus Cream

“I’ve heard that children under 12 months should not have honey.  Is Calendulis Plus Cream safe for my baby when it has manuka honey in it?”

This is a question I get asked often.  And the answer is:

As a general rule children under the age of 12 months should not ingest raw honey because honey may contain clostridium botulinum spores.  The spores do not germinate in the adult digestive system because it is acidic.

However they may germinate in the gut of young infants because they do not have well developed intestinal flora.  Cases of botulism disease, even in children are extremely rare.

The Calendulis Plus Cream is suitable for children and babies because the manuka honey used is for external use only and therefore never enters the digestive system.

When applying the Calendulis Plus Cream avoid the eyes and mouth and ensure the cream is fully rubbed in.  Even if your baby sucks on the skin where the cream has been recently applied he will not be able to digest any.

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