A to Z: Botulism, Woundenparentshttps://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 problems10/16/201303/22/201909/02/201925b35680-4c29-4cee-b833-12fc6f5ea636https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-botulism-wound.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> bacteria. Wound botulism is caused by the bacteria infecting a wound. This is most commonly associated with the use of injected illegal drugs like <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/drugs-heroin.html/">heroin</a>.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p><em>Clostridium botulinum</em> is a naturally occurring bacterium that can be found in soil and dust. When <em>C. botulinum</em> infects a person, it produces toxins (poisons) that cause <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/brain-nervous-system.html/">nerves</a> to function abnormally, leading to weakness and paralysis.</p> <p>Symptoms of botulism include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty 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 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, ventilators may be used to help with breathing.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Botulism can be fatal, so anyone who shows signs of the disease should receive immediate medical attention. Fortunately, botulism is extremely rare, with about 145 cases reported in the United States each year. With proper treatment, most people recover fully from botulism, but this can take several weeks or months.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
A to Z: BotulismLearn about bacterial infections, foodborne illnesses, and conditions that affect the nervous system.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-botulism.html/5e9c7069-ab3a-46a5-8fd1-8bec1f45991e
A to Z: Botulism, FoodborneLearn about bacterial infections, foodborne illnesses, and conditions that affect the nervous system.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-botulism-foodborne.html/7edf98e1-d011-4ae2-af1a-a81721f16f2f
A to Z: Botulism, InfantLearn about bacterial infections, foodborne illnesses, and conditions that affect the nervous system.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-botulism-infant.html/4fd2e46e-b3dc-46e4-b214-b3d7b3be9856
CellulitisCellulitis is a skin infection that involves areas of tissue just below the skin's surface. It can affect any part of the body, but it's most common on exposed areas, such as the face, arms, or lower legs.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/cellulitis.html/11d03e5b-f1ac-42bc-95b9-8ed4436e5326
Dealing With CutsFind out how to handle minor cuts at home - and when to get medical care for a more serious injury.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bleeding.html/dd98d89c-e30e-4b99-8178-bb65cc8e9c3d
Drugs: What Parents Need to KnowKnowing what drugs are out there, what they can do, and how they can affect someone is the first step in raising drug-free kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/drugs-information.html/76baba36-e95f-40b2-abdd-b2848e63f048
Drugs: What to KnowIt's not hard to find drugs, and sometimes it may seem like everyone's doing them or wanting you to do them. But there are downsides (and dangers) to taking drugs.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/know-about-drugs.html/ebae1d42-3774-4b73-b613-e930c809dffa
Infant BotulismInfant botulism can happen if a baby ingests bacteria that make toxins inside the body. Treatment can help a baby who gets it recover fully.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/botulism.html/4301fb7e-1cae-4704-89f6-e5810a7b2497
OsteomyelitisSometimes a bad cut that gets infected can lead to even worse things, like a bone infection called osteomyelitis. The easiest way to protect yourself is to practice good hygiene.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/osteomyelitis.html/018fa95e-9847-44f8-8128-15ce46ab062b
Staph InfectionsWhen skin is punctured or broken for any reason, staph bacteria can enter the wound and cause an infection. But good hygiene can prevent many staph infections. Learn more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/staphylococcus.html/eb617e21-017c-44ab-bc1e-dfa5f4e8cd05
Wound Healing and CareHow well a wound heals depends on where it is on the body and what caused it – as well as how well someone cares for the wound at home. Find out what to do in this article for teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/wounds.html/8698279b-71fb-496e-a138-9564f07e71f2