An unknown swimming danger–Secondary Drowning

Here is one most people do not know about.  It is called secondary drowning.  While rare, it is important for parents to know what it is, the symptoms, and what to do if you see them.

The below is from webMD.  I looked it up after my wife saw the article on popsugar.com (also linked to below).

“If you’re like most parents, you probably figure once your child is done swimming or playing in the water, his risk of drowning is over. But “dry” and “secondary” drowning can happen hours after he’s toweled off and moved on to other things. There are steps you can take to keep your child safe.

These types of drowning can happen when your child breathes water into his lungs. Sometimes that happens when he’s struggling whileswimming. But it can be a result of something as simple as getting water in his mouth or getting dunked.

It can happen to adults, but it’s more common in kids because of their small size, says Raymond Pitetti, MD, associate medical director of the emergency department at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

With dry drowning, water never reaches the lungs. Instead, breathing in water causes your child’s vocal chords to spasm and close up after he’s already left the pool, ocean, or lake. That shuts off his airways, making it hard to breathe.

Secondary drowning happens a little bit differently. Your child’s airways open up, letting water into his lungs where it builds up, causing a condition called pulmonary edema. The end result is the same:trouble breathing.

Symptoms

Dry drowning and secondary drowning have the same symptoms. They include:

  • Coughing
  • Chest pain
  • Trouble breathing
  • Feeling extremely tired

Your child may also have changes in behavior such as such as irritability or a drop in energy levels, which could mean the brain isn’t getting enough oxygen.

WHAT TO DO…

Any problems that do develop are usually treatable if you get medical help right away. Your job is to keep a close eye on your child for the 24 hours after he or she has had any problems in the water.

If the symptoms don’t go away or get worse, take your child to the emergency room, not your pediatrician’s office.

“Your child will need a chest X-ray, an IV, and be admitted for observation,” Pitetti says. “That can’t be done in an office.”

Because there are no drugs for dry or secondary drowning, your child will probably get “supportive care” at the hospital. This means checking that his airways are clear and monitoring his oxygen level. If he’s having severe trouble breathing, he may need to temporarily use a breathing tube.”

http://www.popsugar.com/moms/What-Secondary-Drowning-34870915?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=d&utm_source=moms#photo-34870915

 

http://www.webmd.com/children/features/secondary-drowning-dry-drowning

2016-10-25T14:47:23+00:00June 3rd, 2016|

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