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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.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Current as of December 27, 2012

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: December 27, 2012
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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