Wellness - Safety/First Aid | 1-12 yrs

Things To Do When Your Child Suffers Electric Shock


Kids are naturally curious and inquisitive and require parental supervision all the time. They do not hesitate before exploring every nook and cranny of the house that includes electrical outlets and equipment that can prove fatal.

Emedicinehealth.com says electric shock occurs when a person comes in contact with an electrical energy source resulting in minor injury or in some cases, even death.

So, what does one do when a child suffers from an electric shock?

According to an article titled Electric Shock by Lynda Liu published in parents.com in 2000, if your child is electrocuted, certain steps are to be followed:

  • The power source should be turned off. The plug should be disconnected or the electricity should be switched off at the fuse box. In case this is difficult, use a wooden or plastic object to separate the child.
  • Someone should call the local emergency number.
  • If the victim has a pulse but is not breathing, rescue breathing should be performed.
  • Check for burns once the child resumes breathing and try to apply wet cloths to first or second degree burns.

‘If your child suffers electric shock, he may have skin burns, numbness or tingling, muscle contractions, pain or weakness or even hearing impairment.’ says babycenter.com.

Recovery from an electric shock depends on the nature and the severity of the injury. But, with proper and timely medical care, the path to recovery will be smooth and fast. However, being always cautious when it comes to electric devices and taking proper precautionary measures make sure a serious disaster is avoided.

To know more about other such steps to follow when your child suffers an electric shock, please flip through the pages of this ClipBook.


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