NAPNAP offers guidance on honey consumption
Thursday August 11, 2011
The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners has announced
a partnership with the National Honey Board to develop a honey
education program aimed at parents. Recent findings have uncovered
widespread confusion surrounding the age at which parents can introduce
honey to young children.
The education efforts will focus on health professionals who deal
directly with parents of infants and toddlers and will explain the
benefits of honey and remind parents they can feed it to children after
According to NAPNAP President Cheri Barber, RN, DNP, CRNP, "it's
important that healthcare professionals and families with young children
understand the facts about honey." She said honey has been used for
centuries to help soothe coughs, and with the recommended
removal of over-the-counter cough medicines containing dextromethorphan
for children under age 4, parents might wonder about alternative
remedies such as honey.
The National Honey Board found confusion about honey earlier this year
through focus groups and a nationally fielded online survey. Results
indicated confusion about when to feed honey to young children, citing
concerns such as allergens and bacteria.
Through their educational program, NAPNAP and the National Honey Board
hope to make clear that parents can introduce honey to a child's diet
after 12 months of age. Before 12 months, according to recommendations
from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
the American Academy of Pediatrics and other healthcare organizations,
infants should not have honey and certain other foods because their
gastrointestinal systems are immature, and thus vulnerable to
contracting infant botulism if spores are present.
According to the research, more than half (57%) of the moms who
responded erroneously thought children should be at least 2 years old
before consuming honey. However, 82% of moms would be more likely to
feed honey to their children close to their first birthdays
if they received information from a trusted source, especially an
educational handout from their pediatric healthcare provider's office.
Overall, according to a news release, moms expressed excitement about
rediscovering honey and its uses as a culinary ingredient and as a
natural cough remedy, and wanted to learn more about it.
"Our study showed that moms trust pediatricians and nurse practitioners
the most to provide correct information about the age at which children
can eat honey," said Catherine Barry, director of marketing for the
National Honey Board. "This finding confirms
that we have the ideal partnership with NAPNAP for this public
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