As warmer temperatures bring more kids out to local pools and beaches, new safety concerns come to light. In recent years, a new epidemic known as “dry drowning” has become more prevalent. It is important to understand what it is and how to prevent it from happening to your child.

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Dry drowning occurs when a person inhales too much water through his or her mouth or nose, resulting in a spasm in the person’s airway, causing it to close up and thus impact breathing. Your child may seem perfectly fine until the symptoms start to manifest, sometimes well after the child has left the water.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately ten people die every day from unintentional or dry drowning. Out of these ten people, two of them will likely be 14-years-old or younger. Also, according to the CDC, drowning is the fifth-leading cause of unintentional injury deaths for people of all ages. It is the second-leading cause of injury death for people between the ages of 1-14.

Dry drowning has come into the news after a recent report of a Florida toddler suffered from dry drowning after swimming and inhaling too much pool water. The child started to show symptoms a few days after going to the pool, which included coughing, difficulty breathing and turning blue. Fortunately, the child was treated and made a full recovery.

It helps to know the warning signs and to be vigilant and catch the issue quickly, before it becomes deadly.

Warning Signs

The symptoms of dry drowning include:

  • Difficulty breathing or labored breathing;

  • Coughing;

  • Fatigue;

  • Irritability;

  • Turning blue in the facial skin tone.

It helps to be aware of sudden changes in the person’s behavior following time spent in the water. Sometimes symptoms do improve on their own over time, but it is recommended that the individual receive medical attention as soon as the symptoms manifest.

Many of us will spend more time in and around water this summer. While it is important to enjoy these moments, water safety is just as important. If you or a loved one has suffered a water-related injury or wrongful death, contact an experienced Orlando personal injury attorney immediately. The law firm of Michael T. Gibson, P.A. is dedicated to serving you and protecting your rights regarding personal injury or wrongful death due to water-related accidents. We can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, future medical treatment, loss of wages, pain and suffering, etc. Contact our office to discuss your legal options in greater detail.

Related Resources:

http://www.osteopathic.org/osteopathic-health/about-your-health/health-conditions-library/childrens-health/Pages/secondary-drowning.aspx

http://www.weau.com/content/news/Being-alert-for-symptoms-of-dry-drowning-480875981.html