Burn Size Estimation, Baby or Young Child

Here are some ways to estimate how much of the body is burned in a baby or young child. The palm of the child’s hand equals 1% of the body’s surface area. Using the child’s palm is a good way to estimate the size of a small burn. The total surface of the head plus the neck is 21% of the body’s surface area. The total…

Burn Size Estimation, Baby or Young Child

Burn Size Estimation, Baby or Young Child

Here are some ways to estimate how much of the body is burned in a baby or young child.

  • The palm of the child's hand equals 1% of the body's surface area. Using the child's palm is a good way to estimate the size of a small burn.
  • The total surface of the head plus the neck is 21% of the body's surface area.
  • The total surface of one arm and hand is 10%.
  • The total surface of the chest plus the belly is 13%.
  • The back is 13%.
  • The buttocks are 5%.
  • The total surface of one leg and foot is 13.5%.
  • The groin area is 1%.

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Current as ofJune 26, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine

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