Keeping a Watchful Eye Could Avoid a Damper on Summer Fun

Water safety is crucial this time of the year with children and families visiting water parks, pools and lakes. An unfortunate fact is that drowning seems to be one the top reasons for childhood deaths this time of year. Parents especially need to be alert when taking kids to the pool no matter how experienced of swimmers they might be. Another drowning factor that seems to have found its way in the spotlight is Dry Drowning.

What exactly is Dry Drowning? Dry Drowning or Secondary Drowning is a condition that usually appears in children. While these may not be official medical terms, the condition is something that parents should keep a watchful eye out for.

We know that typical drowning usually occurs when water reaches the lungs making it hard to breathe. Unfortunately with dry drowning this is not the case, and it’s not always so easy to spot. The water never actually reaches the lungs. Instead breathing in water causes the vocal cords to spasm and close up. This cuts off airways and can make it hard to breath.

You as the parent or guardian would notice these symptoms right away and would to try to help the child to dislodge the water as best as possible. It should be pointed out that under most circumstances this condition is not very likely to happen. Parents should not be completely spooked and now worry about their kids even more while they are in the water.

Rather dry drowning information is useful to have just in case your child happens to ingest quite a bit of water. Know that this water can get into their lungs and airway and can remain long after you think that it has been properly cleared. It has been reported in rare cases that children have passed after their symptoms have lingered for a few days and have been hospitalized. These cases are rare.

Do not panic. You can prevent this from happening to the best of your ability. Keeping a watchful eye is key. Never leave children alone in a pool for any amount of time. The biggest accidents can happen in the smallest of seconds. It is important to remain alert and active at all times.

If for some reason you must step away from the pool, allow the children to get out and come with you. You will not regret having them with you were they are safe and you know exactly what is going on. Always pay attention to pool signs and make sure that you are keeping a watchful eye on your surroundings while you are in the water. Arm yourself with information and safety tips to make sure that everyone has a safe and happy summer.

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