Pediatric cutaneous bleach burns

Cathleen Lang, Matthew Cox

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Bleach is a common household product which can cause caustic injuries. Its effects on mucosal tissues and the eye have been well-described in the literature. However, there is little information published regarding the appearance and effect of bleach on a child's skin. We report three children who sustained chemical burns after contact with bleach. All three children sustained accidental bleach burns while at home, and each child had a distinct brown discoloration to the skin from the injury. All three children had treatment and follow-up for their burns. Two of the children sustained more severe burns, which were extensive and required more time to heal. There was also long-term scarring associated with the severe burns. Like most burns, pain control is required until the injury heals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)485-488
Number of pages4
JournalChild Abuse and Neglect
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2013


  • Bleach burn
  • Chemical burn
  • Cutaneous
  • Pediatric
  • Skin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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