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    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 vulnerable adult 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 elder abuse, report it.
    • If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, seek help.
    • If you have trouble controlling your anger with a child in your care, 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.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine

    Current as ofJune 4, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: June 04, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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