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
- Repeated injuries occur.
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,
- If you suspect
elder abuse, report it.
- If you or someone
you know is a
victim of domestic violence, seek help.
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