5 things you need to know about dry drowning

When you take your child out for swimming in the ocean for a very first time, it’s always a memorable experience. You can’t forget his/her first dip. You pay attention to your kids while they are swimming or playing in the pool or splashing in the ocean. It is also advised to make sure a lifeguard is on hand, and you never leave your little ones alone near the strong tides. Although it can be fatal, if paid attention it is not that dangerous. It may sound scary but is a fact that a child can look fine after getting out of the water but then start to have trouble breathing after an hour or so. You need to make sure you are ready to tackle this problem if it arises. You might have heard of the terms “dry drowning” or “secondary drowning”. Actually, they are not medical terms but they can turn into some serious complications. Experts have defined “drowning” as trouble breathing after you get water into your airways. That can happen while swimming or bathing.

We have compiled 5 important pointers that you must know about dry drowning:

1. What is dry drowning? With dry drowning, water never reaches to the lungs. In it, someone takes a small amount of water through his/her nose or mouth, and it causes a spasm anywhere in your airways. It shuts off the airways making the person breathe with difficulties. You would start to notice those signs right away.

2. What is secondary drowning? It is another term people use to describe another drowning complication. It takes place when water gets into the lungs. It can also irritate the lungs’ lining resulting in a condition called pulmonary edema. It might even get worse over the next 24 hours. Both events are very rare.

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3. What could be the symptoms? The symptoms of drowning include:

  • Trouble Breathing
  • Feeling Tired
  • Coughing

4. What should you do in that case? If your child feels any breathing problems after getting out of the water, seek medical help quickly. Although, in most cases, the symptoms are relatively mild and they go on their own, but it’s still important to get checked by the doctor. If you get medical help right away, you can avoid any complications in advance. If your child stays in the hospital care, he will probably get “supportive care”. The doctor will conduct a complete check-up of airways and your respiratory system. If your child faces severe breathing problem, he may need to use breathing tube for a while.

5. What are the preventions? There are various things you can do to prevent dry drowning:

  • Allow swimmings in the areas that have lifeguards.
  • Never let your child swim alone
  • Be close to your child whenever he/she is swimming
  • Never leave your baby alone near any water body.
  • Enroll yourself and your kids in water safety classes.
  • If you have a pool in your home, make sure it is properly fenced.
  • Don’t let your guard down, even if the level of water is not too deep.

These 5 things you must know about dry drowning. Share it with your friends and family to create awareness. Stay Safe Stay Healthy.

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Jim Carson

Jim Carson is the writer for the mental health section of CheapMedicineShop.com. He is certified in clinical mental health counselling and has conducted cognitive behaviour therapy for war veterans struggling with PTSD. Professionally and personally, Jim is an astute observer of human behaviour that reflects well in his work.