Summer time means sun and swimming pools! And many children love water and swimming, especially in hot summer days. However, there are risks of drowning if they are not under constant parental supervision. But did you know that there is an evil that is much more subtle but just as dangerous as drowning?
In fact, there are two types of drowning. The most common drowning, wet drowning that everyone knows, and dry drowning, which is the most vicious since it can occur several hours after swimming.
What you need to know is that dry drowning mostly affects children, because they might accidentally swallow a big sip of water.
Some parents fear their child will choke, but are ultimately relieved when they see them catch their breath. However, it is during that time that dry drowning might occur, when the water is still flooding the lungs, but there are no signs of it.
But be aware that dry drowning, if not treated promptly, could kill your child in as long as 72 hours after the swimming.
Fortunately, it is possible to identify some symptoms in time. This is why it is important for parents to learn to recognize them.
A child could get by without anyone realizing that they swallowed too much water accidentally...
After swimming, the symptoms that should alert you are:
- Extreme fatigue
- A grayish complexion
- A bad mood or an unusually changeable mood
- Bubbles coming out of your child's mouth
- Breathing difficulties
All of the symptoms mentioned above are indeed signs of oxygen deficiency in the brain. If you have any doubts, go to the emergency room immediately or contact your doctor.
Americans loose their lives as a result of drowning every summer. And it is said that in most cases, if parents had recognized the symptoms of dry drowning earlier, most of these tragedies could have been avoided.
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