Have you ever been told of a thing known as dry-drowning? Even though not a lot of folks seem to be familiar with this, it’s a serious threat, and understanding the warning symptoms could in fact help save a life at some point.
Dry-drowning is an incident that generally presents a threat to small children. Dry-drowning takes place when water, or other fluids, get caught in the lungs.
This can take place after a child has gone swimming, but it can also occur after an event as common as getting a bath.
The main challenge with this condition is that many parents might overlook the warning signs, because the symptoms the child displays at first are not very severe. However, the conditions will worsen by the day.
It’s what happened to the 2-yeard-old in the video below.
The boy had swallowed some water after he went swimming, and soon began complaining about head pain.
Luckily, the boy’s parents came across information that made them decided it’s best to take the boy to a doctor immediately.
This helped save their child’s life.
Here are the most important warning signs:
- Fevers and headaches
- Difficulties breathing
- Change it the color of lips
- Changes in the overall responsiveness and alertness of a child
- Water rescue: any child pulled from a pool should be evaluated for further medical attention
- Forgetfulness or change in behavior
- Sleepiness: if your kid was excitedly playing in the pool and is now fatigued, it may be a good idea to speak to a doctor before putting them to bed
- Throwing up: “Vomiting is a sign of stress from the body as a result of the inflammation and sometimes a lack of oxygen, also from persistent coughing and gagging,” explains Dr. Berchelmann according to Parents.com
Watch the video below to get more details about what dry-drowning is all about and what are the warning signs every parent should be aware of: