A child who has received an electric shock should be seen by a pediatrician because shock may cause internal damage that can’t be detected without a medical examination. Your pediatrician will clean and dress surface burns and order tests for signs of damage to internal organs.
What happens when a child gets electrocuted?
Cardiac arrest when the current interferes with the heart. Internal damage – including damaged organs (heart, kidneys, brain), muscles, tissue, bones, and nerves – from the current passing through the body. Internal and external burns. Injuries from falls that happen after contact with electricity.
Should I be worried after getting electrocuted?
A person shocked by high voltage (500 volts or more) should be evaluated in the emergency department. It may be prudent to get prehospital care, usually obtained by calling 911. Following a low-voltage shock, go to the emergency department for the following concerns: Any noticeable burn to the skin.
How do you know if baby is electrocuted?
Potential symptoms of an electric shock include:
- loss of consciousness.
- muscle spasms.
- numbness or tingling.
- breathing problems.
- problems with vision or hearing.
Can babies get electrocuted from outlet?
If your baby puts something in an outlet, they are at serious risk for an electrical shock. Every year, approximately 2,400 children are treated for shocks and burns related to tampering with electrical outlets. That’s about 7 children every day. Even more troubling, about 12 children die from these injuries each year.
Which organ is mainly affected by electric shock?
An electric shock may directly cause death in three ways: paralysis of the breathing centre in the brain, paralysis of the heart, or ventricular fibrillation (uncontrolled, extremely rapid twitching of the heart muscle).
How do you remove someone from being electrocuted?
You should first attempt to turn off the source of the electricity (disconnect). If you cannot locate the electrical isolating source, you can use a non-conducting object, such as a wooden pole, to remove the person from the electrical source. Emergency medical services should be called as soon as possible.