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What is Dry Downing? How You Can Prevent It

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After reading a news story about a Texas child who died from ‘dry drowning’, or ‘secondary drowning.’ I felt the need to be informed about what that is and how to prevent it.

I would be devastated if a child I knew passed away from something that could be prevented, so I wanted to make sure I shared this information with as many friends as possible.

According to Parents.com, “dry drowning usually happens soon after exiting the water, but with secondary drowning, there can be a delay of up to 24 hours before the person shows signs of distress. Both can cause trouble breathing and, in worst-case scenarios, death.”

Ok, so how can we prevent this?

Three key things: Swim Lessons, Supervision and Water Safety Measures.

How do you spot it?

The signs can confused with other illnesses, because if someone is dry drowning they will likely experience coughing, vomiting, and fatigue.

Here’s the takeaway, If you rescue a child or adult from the water, it’s best to seek medical attention.

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