What Are the Symptoms of Infant Botulism?

Q:
What are the symptoms of infant botulism?

A:
Infant botulism is a rare but life-threatening disease that affects infants primarily under 1 year of age.

Specifically speaking, it is caused by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum, which grows inside a baby’s gastrointestinal tract.

When the baby is fed with some food, such as honey a, he may be at the risk of infant botulism.

Symptoms of baby botulism may include:

  • Breathing that stops or slows
  • Constipation
  • Eyelids that sag or partially close
  • Loss of head control
  • Paralysis that spreads downward
  • Poor feeding and weak suckling
  • Respiratory failure
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Weak cry

Though it can be treated, you should never take it lightly.  Go to the emergency room or call the local emergency number (such as 911) right away if your infant has symptoms of botulism.

Also, remember, avoid feeding honey to babies less than 12 months old.

 

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