How can I prevent infant botulism food poisoning?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Infant botulism food poisoning can be prevented by avoiding exposure to Clostridium botulinum spores which cause the disease. Honey is a very common source of these spores, so avoiding honey, or any processed foods that contain honey is a critical step toward prevention. The difficulty is that these spores can also be found in dirt, water, and dust. To optimize prevention you must carefully monitor what goes into your infant's mouth, particularly until the infant reaches her first birthday, after which time, the spores are harmless.

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