Floppy Baby Syndrome
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(2) A rare condition, which may be the most common manifestation of botulism in the US—± 100 cases/year—due to intestinal colonisation and production of neurotoxin by Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium found in commercial honey, which may account for one-third of cases
Clinical findings Lethargy, weakness, feeble cry, failure to thrive, loss of head control, eventually flaccid paralysis
Management Supportive; antibiotics—antitoxin and guanidine have little effect
Prognosis 2% die.
flop·py in·fant syn·drome, floppy baby syndrome (flop'ē in'fănt sin'drōm, bā'bē)
Colloquial usage to describe pediatric patients with low muscle tone.