Burn Caused by Abuse
Most burns are accidental. But some burns may not be accidental. Intentional burns, such as immersion in a bathtub of hot water, can occur in abuse situations. Suspect physical abuse of a child or Reference vulnerable adult Opens New Window when:
- Any injury cannot be explained or does not match the explanation.
- Repeated injuries occur.
- Explanations change for how the injury happened.
You may be able to prevent further abuse by reporting it.
- If you suspect child abuse, call your local child protective agency, police, or a health professional (such as a doctor, nurse, or counselor).
- If you suspect Reference elder abuse, report it.
- If you or someone you know is a Reference victim of domestic violence, seek help.
- If you have trouble controlling your anger with a child in your care, Reference resources are available for help.
An intentional burn can also occur when a person burns himself or herself (self-inflicted burns). The person with a self-inflicted burn will need a mental health evaluation as well as medical treatment.
It is important to have intentional burns evaluated by a health professional.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: January 4, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine