Honey Is Harmful To The Nerves Of The Baby?

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Tonight, my nephew was given honey when he was a baby, he said it was good. But after he is now 2.5 years old, he can’t talk and always drool a lot, is my nephew’s condition notmal, is it because of giving honey when he was a baby.

1 Answer:

Hi Mita,

Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

By the time they are 2 years old, normally babies are able to say words that can be understood by adults. At this age, children are usually able to combine 2 to 3 words to express their meaning. Various objects in the surroundings can be clearly mentioned by the baby.

It needs to be clarified, was your nephew unable to say a word when you were a baby? Or, is he already able to say even a little? So, does your nephew salivate excessively all the time, or only at certain times? Is there a history of other illnesses that he suffered?

Difficulty speaking in babies can be caused by various factors, the most common of which is due to a lack of stimulation from parents and the surrounding environment. In addition, other factors, such as hearing loss, problems with the brain (for example due to mental retardation), autism, or problems with the mouth (for example due to clefts) that make children difficult to articulate can also cause difficulty speaking.

Meanwhile, a lot of saliva (sialorrhea) in babies is not necessarily abnormal. Normally, more saliva will be produced, for example when the baby is hungry, when the baby has inflammation in the mouth area (for example, when he has teething or mouth sores), cries, laughs, or opens his mouth too often. Saliva production may also appear to increase as a result of the baby having difficulty closing his mouth (eg due to cleft lip, tooth malocclusion, large tongue) or difficulty swallowing saliva (eg because of strep throat). It could also increase saliva production due to a disease, for example throat infection, parotitis (inflammation of the parotid glands), problems with teeth and mouth, stomach acid reflux, and so on.

Speech disorders and increased saliva production that your nephew experiences are not necessarily related to a history of giving honey at a very young age.

In fact, it is okay to give honey to babies who are more than 1 year old as long as they are in good health and also do not have a history of allergies to the components of the honey consumed. However, it is best not to give honey to a very young baby.

Various literature states that the bacteria Clostridium botulinum which is generally contained in honey can cause adverse effects on the health of babies. This is because the digestive system of babies in very young babies is so weak that they are not able to ward off the development of these bacteria. As a result, babies can experience botulism. This condition can be characterized by muscle weakness or paralysis, respiratory problems, and various other potentially life-threatening complaints.

We recommend that you directly check your nephew to a pediatrician. That way, the doctor can find out whether the condition is still reasonable, or dangerous and requires special treatment. The treatment that will be carried out will be in the form of physiotherapy, speech therapy, administering drugs, and so on.

Hope it helps ..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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