Botox is being used in large doses right now for children who have spasms. In particular, it’s being used on kids with cerebral palsy.
Tragically, this treatment is killing some children.
Botox use in pediatric spasticity (or children with spasms) has not been approved by the FDA. In fact, the FDA hasn’t approved Botox use in ANY child under the age of 12 – regardless of medical condition.
Botox contains a toxin called botulinum toxin type A. This toxin is produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, which has a paralyzing effect and is the cause of botulism.
In large doses, Botox can poison a child with the toxin and thus lead to botulism.
Botulism in children can be even more severe than in adults, because large doses of a toxin affect their bodies differently. Childhood botulism, or essentially overdosing on Botox, can lead to:
- Neurological damage / brain damage – ranging from slurred speech and blurry vision to an inability to control one’s movements (vegetative state)
- Inability to breathe on one’s own
- and even death.
And families aren’t even being warned.
These large doses may help some children. Certainly not every child treated with Botox is being poisoned by it. But some are – and that’s devastating.
If your child has been injured by Botox in large doses, you need to speak with an attorney immediately. Our Tennessee Botox lawyers in Memphis can help.
Contact us by phone or online today to speak with an attorney for free about your situation.
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