FDA reminds parents to not give babies honey pacifiers after infants contract botulism

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) — The FDA is sending out a reminder to not feed honey to babies younger than 1-year-old.


They say this can include pacifiers dipped in honey. The reminder comes after four infants in Texas were hospitalized with botulism.

In all of those cases, the infants had used pacifiers that had honey on them.


While those pacifiers were bought in Mexico, you can buy similar ones online in the U.S.

According to the FDA, “Botulism is a rare but serious illness caused by a toxin that attacks the body’s nerves and causes difficulty breathing, muscle paralysis, and even death.”

Honey is known to carry the spores associated with the illness, and infant’s sensitive immune systems are very susceptible to it.

To prevent infants from contracting botulism, the FDA recommends you not give them any pacifiers dipped in, or filled with honey.

If you already own a pacifier like this, you should throw it away.

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