Electrical Burn in Children


What are electrical burns? Electrical burns are injuries caused by an electric current. The electric current can pass through your child's body and damage tissues or organs. An electric current may also jump from an electrical source to his body and burn his body.

What causes electrical burns? Electrical burns are caused by touching an electrical current that comes from a source of electricity. Sources of electricity include batteries, household appliances, electrical outlets, and power lines. Lightning can also cause electrical burns. Lightning can strike your child directly or reach him by traveling through plumbing, wires, or the ground.

What are the signs and symptoms of electrical burns in children? Your child's signs and symptoms will depend on where and how badly he was burned. Symptoms may occur right away or appear after a few months.

How are electrical burns in children diagnosed? Your child's caregiver will ask about your child's symptoms and when they began. He will ask how your child was burned and examine him. He may ask if your child has any other medical conditions or test his memory. He may ask your child to do certain movements to test his joints. Your child may be given dye before some of the following tests to help the pictures show up better. Tell caregivers if your child is allergic to iodine or seafood. He may also be allergic to the dye.

How are electrical burns in children treated?

What other types of therapy may my child need?

What are the risks of electrical burns in children? Bandage changes may be painful. Surgery to remove dead tissue may cause infection and put your child at risk of bleeding. Your child's scars may itch or become thick and raised. If your child had a skin graft, the wound may not heal completely, or it may become infected. Without treatment, your child's burned skin may become infected, and he may have increased pain.

How can electrical burns in children be prevented?

What safety measures can I teach my child?

When should I contact my child's caregiver? Contact your child's caregiver if:

When should I seek immediate care? Seek care immediately or call 911 if:


You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's caregivers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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