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Case of Botulism, should I give my Infant Honey?

Botulism is a very rare but life-threatening condition caused by toxins produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria.

These toxins are some of the most powerful toxins ever studied. Why are they powerful? If one may ask? They've been known to attack the central nervous system namely: nerves, brain, and spinal cord, and also result in paralysis.

From newborn babies to those younger than 1 year old should not be given honey in their infant formula or meals. This bacteria, Clostridium bacteria that cause infant botulism usually live in soil and dust. They are known to contaminate foods such as honey.

Infant botulism is a food-borne illness that can happen when a baby takes in toxins from Clostridium bacteria that causes the illness. 

The time it takes to show symptoms of botulism can vary from a few hours to a couple of days after exposure to honey or a contaminated food containing Clostridium botulinum bacteria or their toxins.

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 "My baby is 3 months, they told me not to use sugar but to add honey? Can I add honey to his pap?"

Babies suffering from this food-borne illness can have muscle weakness, a weak cry, constipation, poor suckling, floppiness, and labored breathing. Once, there's a case of botulism, that infant needs immediate hospital attention. With prompt diagnosis and good medical care, the baby should fully recover from this illness.

Parents can help prevent infant botulism by not giving their baby honey or products made with honey until after their first birthday. Botulism usually affects infants who are 1 to 6 months old. However, all babies are at risk for suffering from this kind of food poisoning until their first birthday.

As they get older than one year, they can take honey because their digestive systems have become mature and can move the Clostridium bacteria spores before it can cause harm. Likely, light and dark corn syrups may also contain this bacteria, so beware.

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