What do I need to know about Botox?

Risks of Botox Injections and Botulism 

Botox is most frequently used for cosmetic reasons, but has also been found to help with some medical conditions. You can learn even more about how it works below.

The Risks of Botox Injections and Botulism 

Women who are pregnant or nursing should avoid potential sources of the botulinum toxin. Botox injections are established as safe by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As of yet, there have been zero cases reported of Botox transfer from a mother to child.

With that said, Botox injections are made up of neurotoxins that, when given in large doses or to people who are allergic to these chemicals, can be dangerous.

Botulism, is the name of the infection or disease caused by botulinum toxins. Botulism is known to be life-threatening in some cases. The risk of dying from botulism is elevated for those with a compromised immune system, with gastrointestinal conditions, pregnant women and infants.

Some research has concluded that the botulinum toxins are too large to pass through the placenta from the mother to the unborn child during pregnancy. More research still need to be done before it is considered completely safe to have Botox injections during pregnancy. While it may turn out that Botox cannot pass from mother to child, pregnant and nursing women are advised to stay away from potential sources of the toxin. This includes Botox injections and certain foods.

Common sources of food-borne botulism are:

  • bottled garlic
  • canned fruits and vegetables
  • cheeses and cheese sauces
  • corn syrup
  • fermented meats and fish
  • foil-wrapped baked potatoes
  • food kept warm for a long time
  • home-canned food
  • honey
  • oil infused with garlic
  • spicy peppers (chiles)
  • unrefrigerated food 

Infants should not be permitted to eat any of the food listed above as they are of particular risk of the effects of botulism.