I recently started distributing original honey for sale, and would like to share some insights of its uses and my experiences in different articles. With so many benefits, Honey is a sweet food made by bees foraging nectar from flowers.
This article will be on children, others will be on ‘How to test for pure honey’, ‘Medicinal properties of honey’, ‘Beauty treatment using honey’, ‘How the chemistry of honey affects you’ etc. Please take time and read through, reply with your thoughts and above all buy Air Honey #smiles #.
Firstly, and this is generally and not just for children, Honey can be used as first aid treatment for burns as it has potent anti-inflammatory activity. This has been practiced for thousands of years, expediting the healing process. All difficult to heal wounds should be seen by a Doctor but general tips for wounds and burns is that, it is best to spread the honey on a dressing and apply this to the wound than apply the honey directly to the wound.
On a second note, a sugar can be additive and if your child becomes too much of a sweet tooth, she/he might get into the habit of having more sugar than is good. As a mum, I use honey to flavor cereals, tea and food generally for my children. Honey has several vitamins and minerals including iron. So it is a better choice to sweeten food if your child is over a year old. In addition give your child a motto for not using sugar, like ours is “Honey keeps me strong, sugar makes me ill”.
Thirdly, a study at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital in Nigeria, involving 108 children over 2 years of age with upper respiratory tract infections, found honey was more effective than no treatment for reducing the frequency of bothersome coughing and sleep quality but did not make significant improvement in resolving the severity of the cough.
The thick syrup coats and soothes the back of the throat, while the sweet taste causes salivation, which thins mucus and reduces the urge to cough. Honey’s antioxidants may even help the body fend off nasty cold bugs, thereby alleviating cold symptoms, says Ian Paul, M.D., lead study author.
For kids ages 1 to 5, start with half a teaspoon (don’t mix the honey in tea—this could dilute its effect), and for those 6 and up, offer one teaspoon. Feel free to re-dose as often as needed, but remember: Never give honey to children under 1 because in rare cases it can cause infantile botulism.
Botulinum spores are found widely in soil, dust, and honey. Adults who swallow botulinum spores are almost never affected. When infants swallow the spores, however, the spores can germinate in their immature gastrointestinal tracts and begin producing botulinum toxin.
Infant botulism has been found on every continent except Africa as at 2007 (one of the many reasons am grateful to be from Nigeria). In the United States it is most common in the states of California, Utah, and Pennsylvania. While infant botulism can occur from taking in soil or dust (especially vacuum cleaner-bag dust), eating honey is a more easily preventable cause. Corn syrups are not sterilized and may also be a source of contamination.
Thankfully, in most instances of infant botulism, the amount of toxin is so incredibly minuscule that the case remains mild. For this reason it is often misdiagnosed.
The first symptom of infant botulism is constipation (which is also a common benign finding in many infants). If an otherwise healthy baby develops constipation, followed by weakness and difficulty in sucking, crying, or breathing, then infant botulism should be considered the most likely diagnosis until proven otherwise.
Thankfully if the botulism is correctly diagnosed and the baby receives appropriate supportive care, almost all will recover fully and completely. The fatality rate for babies who have been hospitalized with botulism is less than 1%. Recently, an antitoxin for infant botulism has been developed and shown to reduce hospital days, mechanical ventilation, and tube feedings.
The single most effective way to prevent infant botulism is for infants to avoid honey. Breast feeding also appears to lessen the severity of botulism cases.
** Infant – Children less than 12 months.
Hope I have enlightened you a little and you didn’t get lost in botulism. In summary, experience with my children has taught me that, pure honey – Air Honey– is best used for Cough, Wounds, and as a sweetener. Teach them from young ages, how to stay healthy.
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Osas Air (General Manager)