Local health department warns against giving infants honey

Local health department warns against giving infants honey

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(KSL News) Publicity around some recent scientific studies has prompted a new warning from the Salt Lake Valley Health Department about the dangers of giving honey to infants.

In recent weeks, the federal Food and Drug Administration has warned against giving over-the-counter cold medication to children.

Meanwhile, a study indicated that traditional remedies like honey may be more effective than medicine as a cough suppressant.

The health department warns, however, that raw honey should not be given to children under a year old because their immune system may not be developed enough to protect against a strain of botulism commonly found in honey.

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