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Thermal Injuries/ Non Accidental Burns

By The NAI Team

Burns can be caused in all sorts of ways.  There are of course accidental burns sometimes due to inappropriate supervision by the parents,there are burns that are caused by reckless, negligent or neglectful parenting and then there are Non-Accidental inflicted burns, such as cigarette burns or branding injuries.  Unless there is a clear explanation for the burns on a child they are always suspicious in nature.

Burns are devastating for parents to cope with and even the mildest incident will have you concerned about permanent scarring and ongoing pain.

Skin Conditions that can Mimic the Appearance of Thermal Injuries

Certain types of conditions can mimic what happens to the skin when a thermal injury/ burn occurs.  These include:

  • Photodermatitis – a skin condition caused by the combination of chemicals and sunlight. It causes a blistering rash, much like a burn, all over the affected area.
  • Certain skin diseases such as impetigo.
  • Hereditary skin disorders such as congenital curvilinear hyper-pigmentation.
  • Allergic reactions to chemicals.

Of course, it is concerning when a child has presented with burns alongside other injuries or whether there have been previous suspicious injuries.

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