A 31-year-old female asked:

Im scared of infant botulism. if im nursing my baby and eat something before with honey, if its accidentally on my hands or lips. i read online the incubation period for botulism is 18-36 hours and some websites say 3-30 days. which is more likely?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
This is relatively rare and usually seen in infants fer honey as a treat. The practice in common in some cultures. The chances of it happening in the setting you describe are not zero but very close to it. If the kid stops pooping and feedings drop off it could be a consideration. You are more likely to win the lottery.
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