when did you start giving your baby honey-nut cheerios?
my son is 7.5 mos and i just started giving him plain cheerios, not honey nut
My doctor said no honey nut until after a year..because obviously they aren't supposed to have honey or nuts!
plain cheerios10-11 months i would wait until they are 1 year old before honey nut...could have a nut allergy
Honey nut have a lot of refined sugar in them so I would wait till at least a year. Even then I wont give them to my son ever. But we do no refined sugar at all.
I give my 8 month old son cheerios (plain - for babies) because he can use his pincer fingers.
I just bought a box of the fruity cheerios for Nicholas, who just turned 8mo. yesterday, but I haven't given him any yet because I'm one of those "over worried moms". lol I'm so afraid he's gonna choke! I see some of you have given your babies cheerios around this age & some have waited until 10mo. Should I wait or maybe break them in half? Ever since I've gotten them I've been eating them for breakfast....their soooo good too. lol I feel guilty though because I got them for him! lol
Even if you don't follow any other food regulations Honey is not one you should mess with...
honey can cause infant botulism. Honey is a known source of bacterial spores that produce Clostridium botulinum bacteria. When ingested by infants, these bacteria make a toxin that can cause infant botulism, a rare and serious form of food poisoning. For this reason, infants under 12 months of age should never be fed honey.
Infant botulism affects a baby's nervous system and can result in death. Most babies with infant botulism, however, do recover. Signs and symptoms of infant botulism include:
- Persistent constipation
- Floppy arms, legs and neck
- Weak cry due to muscle weakness
- Weak sucking and poor feeding
- Tired all the time (lethargy)
- Difficulty breathing
Botulism spores may also be found in low-acid home-canned foods and corn syrup. For this reason, you should avoid feeding these foods to infants.
What is infant botulism?
Infant botulism is a neuroparalytic disease which affects otherwise healthy children less than one year old. It was first recognized in 1976. Early symptoms of infant botulism are constipation, generalized weakness and a weak cry. While most cases require hospitalization, fatal cases are rare.
What causes the illness?
Infant botulism is caused by the food poisoning bacterium Clostridium botulinum. This is the same bacterium that causes the food poisoning known as "botulism". Spores of these bacteria are ingested by the infant, grow and produce a neurotoxin (i.e. poison) in the infant's intestine.
Spores of C. botulinum may be easily ingested as they are common in soil and dust. This may lead to botulism in children younger than one year. Many infants who develop infant botulism have been fed honey, the only identified food source of C. botulinum spores causing infant botulism. Three of the sixteen infant botulism cases (as of June 1999) reported in Canada since 1979 have been associated with honey.
What are the symptoms?
The most common and earliest symptom is constipation. Other symptoms include generalized weakness, a weak cry, poor sucking reflex, irritability, lack of facial expression, and loss of head control. Paralysis of the diaphragm may result in respiratory collapse. While most cases require hospitalization, fatal cases are rare.
How common are C. botulinum spores in honey?
C. botulinum spores have been found in honey that was implicated in infant botulism. Random surveys of honey produced in Canada indicate that C. botulinum spores are rare. Spores of C. botulinum are present in less than 5% of honey and are typically found in very low numbers.
How can honey become contaminated with C. botulinum?
It is not known how honey becomes contaminated with C. botulinum. Spores of C. botulinum, which are commonly found in the environment, may be picked up by bees and brought to the hive. Other microorganisms found in the environment around honey (ie. bees, hives, pollen, soil, flowers, etc.) are also likely to occur in honey.
How common is infant botulism?
Infant botulism is rare in Canada. Only sixteen cases of infant botulism have been recorded in Canada since the first case in 1979. Three of these were associated with feeding honey to the infant. More cases of infant botulism may go unreported due to misdiagnosis. In the United States, approximately 70 to 90 cases of infant botulism are reported every year.
How is infant botulism treated?
If your baby develops this disease, he/she may need to be cared for in a hospital for days or weeks. Close attention is paid to proper nutrition and pulmonary aid. Approximately one in four infants affected requires mechanical ventilation. Neither antibiotics nor antitoxin are usually administered. A complete recovery is made in nearly every case.
How can infant botulism be prevented?
Honey is the only food implicated in infant botulism. Since it is not essential for the nutrition of infants, parents and caregivers are reminded not to feed honey to infants less than one year of age. Honey should never be added to baby food or used on a soother to quiet a fussy or colicky baby. Concerned parents should discuss alternative methods for quieting their baby with their pediatrician or family doctor.
When should you call your physician?
- if your baby is too weak to cry or suck as usual
- if your baby does not move his or her bowels and has weak muscles
- if your baby has a wobbly head because the neck is weak
- if your baby has weak arms and legs
- if your baby cannot swallow
but can you really get that from honey nut cheerios. he has been eating plain cheerios for a couple months now and i just wanted him to try some different cereal that isnt too sugary or to hard for him to eat. He is mostly on table foods by now and is doing awesome. He eats pretty much whatever i cook. within reason certain things i dont give him but if its healthy he can eat it. he started table foods at 9 months becausr he was no longer interested in his baby food or his bottles so the doctor said i could go ahead and start switching him and have him totally off baby food by one year.