A to Z: Botulism, Infantenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn about bacterial infections, foodborne illnesses, and conditions that affect the nervous system.Botulism, foodborne botulism, infant botulism, wound botulism, Clostridium botulinum, bacterial infection, food poisoning, paralysis, muscle weakness, constipation, double vision, blurred vision, botulism antitoxin, respiratory failure, breathing problems10/16/201301/03/202001/03/20204fd2e46e-b3dc-46e4-b214-b3d7b3be9856https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-botulism-infant.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dictionary/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-atoZDictionary-enBT.jpg" alt="A to Z Dictionary 500 Go" name="5093-P_ATOZDICTIONARY2_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p><strong>May also be called: Botulism</strong></p> <p>Botulism (BAH-chu-lih-zum) is a rare but serious illness caused by poisons produced by <em>Clostridium botulinum</em> <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/germs.html/">bacteria</a>. <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/botulism.html/">Infant botulism</a> happens when a baby takes in&nbsp;<em>C. botulinum</em> spores (cells made by bacteria), which can grow in the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/digestive.html/">digestive system</a> and produce toxins.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p><em>Clostridium botulinum</em> bacteria can be found in soil and dust. If&nbsp;a person gets infected, the bacteria make toxins that make nerves not work as they should, leading to weakness and paralysis.</p> <p>Symptoms of botulism include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, trouble swallowing, dry mouth, and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bones-muscles-joints.html/">muscle</a> weakness. In infants, symptoms include <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/constipation.html/">constipation</a>, a flat facial expression, poor feeding, a weak cry, decreased movement, trouble swallowing, excessive drooling, muscle weakness, and breathing problems.</p> <p>If not treated, botulism can cause respiratory (breathing) failure, paralysis, and death. Botulism is usually treated in a hospital with an antitoxin that blocks the toxins produced by the bacteria. In some cases, a breathing machine (ventilator) may be used to help with breathing.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Infant botulism can be fatal. Any child who shows signs of the disease should get medical care right away. Fortunately, infant botulism is extremely rare, with about 100 cases reported in the United States each year. With early diagnosis and proper medical care, most babies fully recover from the illness.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
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