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The benefits of honey and its harm to infants.

Honey is a sweet liquid that tastes in various colors, made by bees using the nectar of flowers, where the bees collect the nectar of flowers in their stomach and go with it to the hive and empty it, so that the working bees in the hive produce honey from it, and it is worth noting that bees roam about two million flowers To make about 450 grams of honey, and the flavor of honey varies according to the type of flower from which the bees take nectar.

Damages of honey bees for babies:

In most cases, honey contains a type of bacteria called (Clostridium botulinum) that multiplies in the incomplete digestive system of infants and produces toxins in their intestines, which leads to their infection with a type of food poisoning called botulism, and this is very dangerous and may result in some Sometimes the child dies, so it is advised not to give honey to children under the age of one year, and it is worth noting that these bacteria do not harm adults and children over the age of one year, because the bacteria naturally present in their complete digestive system inhibit the growth of Clostridium botulinum bacteria. And prevent it from producing toxins, and in the following we mention some of the symptoms that may appear when suffering from botulism caused by the proliferation of Clostridium botulinum bacteria, which are weakness, fatigue, lethargy, lethargy, malnutrition, constipation, shortness of breath, irritability, and seizures.

Benefits of honey for children after the age of one year:

Contains nutrients:

Where honey consists mainly of sugars and water, it also contains many vitamins, such as group B vitamins, which include riboflavin or what is known as vitamin B2, niacin, which is vitamin B3, pantothenic acid, known as vitamin B5, in addition to it contains ascorbic acid, known as vitamin C, and minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, and zinc, and honey also contains protein, amino acids, some antibiotics, phenolic antioxidants, and micro-nutrients.

Reducing night cough:

 One of the studies published in the journal "Pediatrics" in 2012 and conducted on 300 children aged 1 to 5 years, suffering from upper respiratory infection and nocturnal cough, showed that consuming some types of honey such as eucalyptus honey, citrus honey, and the honey of oral plants. About half an hour before bedtime, it reduces the severity of night coughing and sleep difficulty for children and parents.

Relief from gastroenteritis:

 It is an acute inflammation in the digestive system that results from infection with some types of microbes. One study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food in 2010 showed that honey contains anti-inflammatory and microbial properties. Honey was added to a rehydration solution. And give it to 50 children suffering from severe infections in the stomach and intestines, and the results of the study showed that honey greatly contributes to alleviating the severity and frequency of vomiting and diarrhea, and it also contributes to reducing the time required for healing, and preserving body moisture, while some other studies showed that Adding honey to rehydration solutions relieves diarrhea in children who suffer from bacterial gastroenteritis, but it does not affect viral or parasitic gastroenteritis.

 Improvement of symptoms associated with malnutrition:

One study published in Belitung Nursing in 2017 indicated that honey may contribute to increasing the appetite of malnourished children, which will positively affect their weight.