Dry Drowning – what you need to know
A topic that has been in the news recently – learn all the facts about dry drowning and know the warning signs. Thanks to Parenting.com for this great article and useful tips.
Most parents take five from lifeguard duty when their little ones hop out of the pool or make their way from the surf. Once they’re toweled off, it’s time for juice boxes, snacks and maybe playing in the sand. Right? Hopefully in most cases. But, dry drowning, also known as secondary drowning, can occur hours after your kiddo’s swim session has ended.
First, it’s important to understand what dry drowning is because the name can be a bit confusing. It has nothing to do with sand or heat—and everything to do with water.
“Drowning from fluid in the lungs that occurs not during submersion in water, but up to 24 hours after swimming or bathing, defines secondary drowning,” says Dr. Fisher. “If the child inhales water into the lungs, the vocal cords can spasm. The drowning is defined ‘dry’ because it occurs out of the water.”
Rest assured, dry drowning or secondary drowning incidents, while incredibly scary, are rare and account for only about 1 to 2 percent of drowning incidents.
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