Infantile Botulism- what does honey has to do with it?- 2 Contact Hours



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.

Course Objectives

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

Course Content

Total learning: 2 lessons / 1 quiz Time: 2 hours



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