Infant botulism: advice on avoiding feeding honey to babies and other possible risk factors

Community Pract. 2013 Jul;86(7):44-6.


Botulism is a rare, but extremely serious, disease and Public Health England is responsible for its diagnosis and surveillance in the UK. Over the past five years (2008-2013), the most common form of the disease recognised in the UK has been infant botulism. The aim of this article is to raise awareness of infant botulism and highlight advice for parents and carers of infants that honey should not be fed to infants under 12 months old. Other possible risk factors for infant botulism are also discussed in this article, including household pet reptiles and herbal teas.

MeSH terms

  • Botulism / epidemiology
  • Botulism / prevention & control*
  • Honey / microbiology*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Risk Factors
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology