What Is Dry Drowning And Symptoms To Look For That can Save Their Life

June 13, 2017

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This summer has introduced us to a new term, dry drowning, after two cases of children dying from the condition after swimming in a pool. The rare medical condition that predominantly affects children because their bodies are small happens when water is inhaled.  Dry drowning occurs when water is in the upper part of the airways.  This sitting water causes the body to protect itself by swelling up the throat and airways to prevent water from entering the lungs and therefore depriving the sufferer of oxygen.  Secondary drowning, also called dry drowning, occurs when the water does reach the lungs and causes irritation and inflammation, resulting in trouble breathing (called a pulmonary edema). Although rare, secondary drowning is listed as the number two leading cause of death among children. Knowing what to watch for can save a child's life.  Dry drowning (when the water doesn’t enter the lungs), the body's reflex to shut down the airways begins to affect the larynx first. Symptoms that include difficulty in breathing and difficulty in talking (as the larynx begins to shut down) are key indicators of dry drowning.  As for secondary drowning (when water reaches the lungs) , symptoms can take up to 24 hours to appears, which include difficulty breathing, coughing, pains, extreme fatigue, vomiting and changes in behavior. All of these indicate that the brain and body is not getting enough oxygen and the person should receive medical care.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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