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.
How do you know if a baby is shocked?
Common ways that kids, especially mobile babies and toddlers, shock themselves are chewing on electrical cords and sticking metal items into unprotected outlets.
Less serious, temporary symptoms from an electric shock can include:
- Numbness or tingling.
- Muscle contractions.
- Pain or weakness.
What are the after effects of electric shock?
When nerves are affected by an electric shock, the consequences include pain, tingling, numbness, weakness or difficulty moving a limb. These effects may clear up with time or be permanent. Electric injury can also affect the central nervous system.
What should I do if my child gets shocked?
Brief low-voltage shocks that do not result in any symptoms or burns of the skin do not require care. For any high-voltage shock, or for any shock resulting in burns, seek care at a hospital’s emergency department. A doctor should evaluate electric cord burns to the mouth of a child.
Can a small electric shock hurt your baby?
ANSWER: There are conflicting reports on how harmful electric shock is to a fetus. The clinical spectrum of electrical injury ranges from a transient unpleasant sensation felt by a mother and no effect on her fetus to fetal death either immediately or few days later.
Will a small electric shock hurt you?
An electrical shock may cause burns, or it may leave no visible mark on the skin. In either case, an electrical current passing through the body can cause internal damage, cardiac arrest or other injury. Under certain circumstances, even a small amount of electricity can be fatal.
Is it bad if you get shocked by a plug?
Shocks from touching electrical outlets or from small appliances in the home rarely cause serious injury. However, prolonged contact may cause harm.
What does an electrical burn feel like?
You may feel tingling in your hand or arm. Usually, this tingling goes away in a few minutes. If you do not have damage to the skin or other symptoms, there is no reason to worry. If your skin is burned by electricity, there is cause for concern.
How do you deal with electric shocks?
If someone has had an electric shock, switch off the electrical current at the mains to break the contact between the person and the electrical supply. If you can’t reach the mains supply: Do not go near or touch the person until you’re sure the electrical supply has been switched off.
Can an electric shock damage your heart?
The heart is one of the most susceptible organs to electrical injury. Electrical shock may cause direct myocardial necrosis or cardiac arrhythmias. Asystole and ventricular fibrillation are the most serious arrhythmic complications of electrical injury.
What are the four effects of electricity?
The ‘effects of electricity’ line
- magnetic effect.
- heating effect.
- chemical effect.
- electric shocks.
What is the first sign of shock?
The main symptom of shock is low blood pressure. Other symptoms include rapid, shallow breathing; cold, clammy skin; rapid, weak pulse; dizziness, fainting, or weakness.