Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Infant Botulism Prevention

Prevention of botulism includes:

  • Do not eat home-canned foods.
  • If food smells unusual, throw it away.
  • Clean wounds thoroughly:
    • Use mild soap and water.
    • Gently dab the wound with hydrogen peroxide to remove clotted blood.
    • Do not scrub the wound.
    • Remove dirt or foreign material from the wound.
    • Running water can help remove dirt.
  • Never give honey to infants who are less than 12 months old.

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Last Updated: Dec 2, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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