Are Honey-Filled Pacifiers the Source of Texas Infant Botulism Cases?

Four cases of infant botulism in Texas may be associated with pacifiers containing honey, according to a safety alert issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). All four infants used pacifiers containing honey purchased in Mexico before they became ill. But these products are also sold in the U.S. The infants required life-saving treatment at hospitals.

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Botulism is a potentially fatal illness caused by a toxin that attacks the body’s nerves causing paralysis that eventually casues the inability to breathe. This toxin is made by Clostridium botulinum bacteria. Sometimes Clostridium butyricum and Clostridium baratii bacteria also produce this toxin.

“Honey is a known source of Clostridium botulinum spores, which can multiply in a baby’s immature digestive system, and has previously been implicated in some cases of infant botulism. For this reason, the FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend not feeding honey to infants younger than 12 months,” the agency said.

The illnesses occurred from mid-August to the end of October in babies who are not related and are residents of West Texas, North Texas and South Texas.

Health officials recommend that parents avoid giving infants pacifiers filled with anything as serious illness can result. The FDA also recommends that online retailers stop sales of thee products.

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