FDA: Don't give babies and infants honey or pacifiers dipped in honey

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) (11/19/2018) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising parents to avoid giving honey or pacifiers dipped in honey to babies and infants under 1 year old.

The warning comes after four infants in Texas were hospitalized with botulism after using pacifiers containing honey. Their pacifiers came from Mexico, but the FDA warns similar products could be for sale in the U.S.

Botulism is a toxin caused by specific bacteria that can cause nerve damage and muscle paralysis, including difficulty breathing.

Honey often contains one strain of the bacteria that can cause botulism. The bacteria can multiply rapidly in a baby's immature digestive system.

No recalls have been issued for honey or honey-dipped pacifiers, but the FDA is encouraging parents to stop using them and retailers to stop selling them immediately.