She didn't give the baby any honey did she? Or does she have any older kids who might have given him some? I read of a case where an infant who was exclusively nursing got botulism and they couldn't figure out where it came from. Then the 3 yo said how he gave the baby some honey on his spoon. Honey could be contaminated with the spores but older members of the household wouldn't get sick from it.
I hope the baby recovers quickly!!
I read this paper http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5202a1.htm and it sounds like babies can also ingest the spores from dust and dirt. It must be really frustrating not knowing how her baby got sick.
How is the baby doing??
The baby is doing better, thank goodness. She received antidote Friday and is off the ventilator now and responsive. The new antidote they have is absolutely amazing, average hospital stays are down to 2.6 weeks from 5 weeks!!!
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Mom is not suspecting perhaps a can of mushrooms she prepared a week ago. She ate it, but of course baby is 5 mos and did not. Baby breastfeeds and receives no jarred food, but has just tried rice cereal recently (almost 6 mos old).
A spore from a fresh mushroom could make an infant ill since their digestive tracts are very immature. If mom was canning the mushrooms herself, she could have gotten spore on her hands or something that made its way into baby's mouth.
I'm glad the baby is doing better - what a horrible situation!
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