Summer is in full effect and the pools are filling up! Before you unleash the kids to splash around be aware of the possibility of drowning, dry drowning that is. I recently learned of a child who dry drowned about a week after playing in a body of water. This made me a little fearful, since this summer is my daughter’s first time in summer camp, where they swim everyday! You can imagine the long list of questions I had; How many lifeguards will be on duty? Do they wear life jackets? Are the camp counselors in the water as well? As parents we find ourselves over-protective of our children when it comes to playing in water. As you should, as dry drowning has become more common in recent months.
What is dry drowning:
“Dry drowning” or “delayed drowning,” occurs when water is inhaled into the lungs, but the effects aren’t felt until the individual is out of the water. The inhaled water causes the person’s vocal cords to spasm, making it extremely difficult to breathe.
Dry drowning Symptoms include:
- Chest pain
- Trouble breathing
- Extreme exhaustion
Follow these tips to protect your child:
- Always watch closely when your child is in or around water
- Only allow swimming in areas that have lifeguards
- Never let your child swim alone
- If water is swallowed, encourage immediate spitting up
If you notice your child exhibiting any of the dry drowning symptoms, no matter how long they’ve been out of the water, please seek immediate medical attention. Better safe than sorry.
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