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"If you're the parent of an infant, avoid giving your child honey until she is at least a year old," says Dr. Shu. Honey can contain spores that, when consumed, can cause botulism, with symptoms including dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, paralysis, breathing problems or even death. "Infants have immune systems that are relatively weak and immature, so they're at the highest risk for botulism if they consume honey," explains Dr. Shu. To be on the safe side, some doctors also recommend that babies avoid any products that contain honey, like honey graham crackers -- since processing may not kill botulism spores.

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