Parents reminded to avoid honey in babies

Parents are being reminded not to feed honey to babies after three cases of botulism in the past year.

Children under the age of one year are unable to fight off the botulism bacteria which can cause serious illness and lead to paralysis, The Food Standards Agency warned. Some parents may be tempted to use honey as a sweetener, it said. There have been only 11 confirmed cases of infant botulism in the past 30 years.

A statement from the FSA said the illness was "rare but serious". The three cases that have occurred in the past year have all had possible links to honey. The most recent case involved a 15-week-old baby.

Source - BBC