Honey for a year-old’s Birthday?

Benny Birthday

Please folks, don’t feed honey to babies. Just like spinach and sandbox bugs, honey may (rarely) contain botulism spores.

Today I heard about a huge celebrity bash in Washington, D.C., for a one-year-old’s birthday.  It bugged me that the birthday treats included a frozen cake made of all-natural fruit juice (which is probably OK) and honey smeared on posts where party-goers could lick it. You can read the details here.

Just because the National Zoo serves honey to little Bei-Bei on his first birthday, that doesn’t mean you can give honey to little Jacob-Jacob on his.  In fairness to the zookeepers, pandas probably have different tummies than people. And the panda’s mom ate most of the honey.

Honey stuck in the teeth?

Honey stuck in the teeth?

About Ron Miksha

Ron Miksha is a bee ecologist working at the University of Calgary. He is also a geophysicist and does a bit of science writing and blogging. Ron has worked as a radio broadcaster, a beekeeper, and Earth scientist. (Ask him about seismic waves.) He's based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
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3 Responses to Honey for a year-old’s Birthday?

  1. Emily Scott says:

    In the UK medical advice is that you can give babies honey once they turn one. Is the guidance different in Canada?


    • Ron Miksha says:

      One year is also the age-guideline here in Canada. I failed to mention that the panda’s first birthday is tomorrow, August 22, so he is definitely underage. But, I think this was a humour piece, not intended as medical information. For medical advice, there is this awful full-page ad placed by the government in a bunch of glossy magazines here a few years ago. The anti-honey honey bear irritated bee groups which asked the government to come up with something less provocative!


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