A 46-year-old member asked:
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how can not feeding an infant honey help prevent botulism?

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Dr. David Vandersteen
30 years experience Pediatric Urology
Spores: Infant botulism results from the ingestion of the c. Botulinum spores in the honey, and subsequent colonization of the small intestine. As the spores "hatch" the botulism bacteria grow and subsequently produce the toxin that causes botulism.
Answered on Oct 1, 2015
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A female asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
37 years experience Pediatrics
Infant botulism: Infant botulism occurs when spores are directly ingested by an infant consuming honey. If you eat honey you cannot transmit the spores via a kiss.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
27 years experience Pediatrics
No: Your child will not contract botulism if you eat honey.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Doutful: Children under the age of 12 months are at risk for Botulism is they eat honey (especially raw honey) because their digestive systems can't hand the s ... Read More
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Dr. Randy Baker
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Rare but possible: Infant botulism is rare; most cases occur in babies under 6 months old, but it's possible in a 10 mo.old. Constipation is often the first symptom but ... Read More

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