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A 30-year-old female asked:

My husband was drinking a soda and his finger accidentally touched my 3 year olds mouth. could she get infant botulism from the high fructose corn syr?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
No: The high fructose corn syrup in soda generally does not contain botulism and regardless that type of exposure could not cause a problem. It is fine
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Relax: Infant botulism is a problem of infants, not toddlers. Once the gut has matured and food sources change it is generally not seen. It certainly has nothing to do with soda and its sweeteners.
Last updated May 4, 2016

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