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Clostridium botulinum, is a spore-forming, anaerobic, gram-positive bacilli, a toxin most commonly found in soil and honey products. Although rare, infant botulism is the most common form of human botulism in the United States. Ingested spores of C. botulinum germinate into bacteria that synthesize toxin and colonize the intestine. It is necessary to identify infantile botulism rapidly to avoid potentially devastating sequelae. Infantile botulism affects children most commonly between 1 and six months of age. Infants living in rural/farm areas are at higher risk due to exposure to dust/soil. A high level of vigilance is crucial for promptly diagnosing and treating infantile botulism because of the potential for sudden progression into respiratory failure.
After completion of this course, you will be able to:
Review the pathophysiology of IB
Discuss the epidemiology of IB
Describe the clinical presentation and differential diagnosis
Review the management of IB
Explain the nursing diagnosis and nursing responsibilities in the care of IB