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Dry Drowning

Everything you need to know about Dry Drowning:

What is it?

  • Dry drowning happens when a child inhales a small amount of water causing spasms that close the throat restricting the airway.  This typically happens right when the child is pulled from the water.
  • Secondary drowning is another type of dry drowning and symptoms can take up to 24 hours to show.  This type of drowning happens when water gets into the lungs and causes swelling.

Signs of dry drowning:

Look for rapid shallow breathing, prolonged coughing, lethargy, and changes in behavior.  These are all signs of dry drowning.

It is important to seek medical attention for any child that is pulled from the water. If symptoms are severe head straight for the ER.

Is dry drowning common?

Fortunately, NO, dry drowning is not common, but parents should always be cautious.

How to prevent dry drowning?

Proper pool safety products are a good way to prevent dry drowning.  A pool fence or safety cover provides a barrier between the child and the water.  Of course, adult supervision is a MUST.