Food Allergy:NO Honey For Babies : G6PD And Peanut


Honey is composed of two main sugars, levulose and dextrose. These sugars do not need to be broken down by the digestive process, so honey is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, giving a quick energy boost to the body. It also contains protein, vitamins and minerals, but no cholesterol.

Darker honeys have more nutrients than light ones. Vitamin and mineral content depend on the floral source of the honey. Honey has less than 2% sodium, and as such can be labeled as a sodium-free product by Food & Drug Administration standards.

Although honey is a natural, healthy food that normally cannot support bacterial life, it’s important to note that it can carry C. Botulinum spores which may be harmful to the undeveloped immune systems of infants. The old practice of dipping pacifiers into honey/into warm water to soothe crying babies should be aborted. Infants up to one year of age should not be fed raw honey, as their immune systems are not yet developed enough to fend off this normally benign strain.

Infection can cause a flaccid paralysis weakening the baby’s muscles, causing a “floppy” baby. Other symptoms include constipation, lethargy, poor feeding, weak cry, droopy eyelids, expressionless face, drooling or swallowing difficulty, and occasionally, respiratory arrest. By the age of one year, most children develop enough to resist this normally benign strain of botulinum. Infant botulism is rarely lethal, but is obviously easy to avoid in this instance.

Although food manufacturers make extensive use of honey in their products, baby food manufacturers, as a rule, will not include honey in their foods recommended for those babies under one year of age. It must also be pointed out that infant botulism is not exclusive to the ingestion of honey. The botulism spore can also be found in dust, soil and other uncooked foods that older children and adults are exposed to daily. The risk is minimal. Yet, it is an avoidable risk, and honey should not be fed to infants under the age of twelve months!

Some baby food below 1 procucts may contains honey,should refer your paed first.Its no harm for trial actually but you must stop giving him if its cause any allergies to your baby.
Don’t play the odds. But some baby is OK with honey but depends on baby itself.Every babies are different.Same goes to peanut.

All of babies will be tested for G6PD deficiency right after birth and this is stated in a card along with their blood group. So, what is G6PD? I did a small research about this since hubby’s friend son comfirmed G6PD.

Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase(G6PD) deficiency is the most common human enzyme deficiency; an estimated 400 million people worldwide are affected by this enzymopathy (Scriver etal., 1995). One benefit of having G6PD deficiency is that it confers a resistance to malaria. G6PD deficiency is also sometimes referred to as favism since some G6PD deficient individuals are also allergic to fava beans/peanut. Individuals with reduced G6PD activity are at risk for several pathologies which can be potentially serious (even causing death) if they are not properly treated.The severity of the pathologies associated with G6PD deficiency has prompted researchers to study this condition.

Problems for newborn babies
If a mother carries G6PD deficiency, she may pass it on to some of her children and some may get jaundiced (yellow) in the newborn period. This is particularly likely for baby boys. Severe jaundice can be serious for newborn babies if it is not treated. It is usually treated by putting the baby under a special light for a few days. Many babies with G6PD deficiency are diagnosed because they have jaundice soon after birth. Once the jaundice has passed they should not get other problems from G6PD deficiency provided they avoid broad beans/peanut and the drugs listed on the back page.

Problems for children and adults
Most people with G6PD deficiency have completely normal health. However, problems can occur occasionally. These problems are much more common in boys and men with G6PD deficiency than girls and women. Some children and adults with G6PD deficiency may develop haemolysis and anaemia if they get a fever or if they take one of the medicines. Some people may develop haemolysis and anaemia if they eat broad beans/peanut (this is called favism). An affected person feels unwell, becomes pale and jaundiced (yellow) and may have a backache and pass dark urine.Alhamdulilah,me and my husband side are free from G6PD.

Take Note:Avoid using mosq.repellent spray/sticker/peanut/ground nut/broad beans if your kids comfirmed G6PD.

10 thoughts on “Food Allergy:NO Honey For Babies : G6PD And Peanut

  1. oh babe I almost nak beri Travissh honey..nasib belum lagi…my mom yang advice suruh bagi honey coz we all dulu pun she put honey in our water….undeniable honey is very good…antibac….but I scared effect dia nanti…

    thanks for d info babe

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