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What does it mean if my newborn is constipated and weak?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Possibly botulism: These symptoms are very concerning and the infant needs to be examined immediately. If the baby has contracted botulism, they will need to be hospitalized and closely monitored. It is very important that babies not be given unpasteurized honey because of this risk. Clostridium botulinum is a bacteria that produces a toxin that paralyzes muscles, including those that control breathing.
Dr. Nanette Nuessle
Specializes in Pediatrics
Neurologic Disease: Constipation alone is quite common in infants. However, constipation with weakness is very worrying. It can be a sign of botulism, which can occur when infants under a year of age are given honey. This infection can be treated if caught early.

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