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Symptoms of Secondary Drowning

Be aware of how to watch for your kids.

Symptoms of Secondary Drowning: What to Watch for in Your Kids?

Did you know that your child could have a near-drowning event in the pool, appear to be fine, and then later pass away? This sounds like a nightmare, but it’s a reality for parents who don’t know how to spot the signs of secondary drowning. Parents can even allow their kids to fall asleep and put their child at serious risk for fatal injuries. A parent’s gut reaction after a near-drowning may be to let the child rest because of the traumatic event, but if the child has inhaled water and is struggling, going to sleep may cause their death.

Parents should always keep an eye on children while at the pool, but extra care should also be used in situations in which a child may be at risk of secondary drowning after the fact and long after you left the pool.

Basics of Secondary Drowning

A fun vacation can become devastating if child suffers from delayed or secondary drowning. Many parents may not even be aware of the signs and symptoms of such a dangerous condition, which could claim your child's life.

After accidentally swallowing some water or having a near drowning accident in the pool, it might seem like your child has bounced back relatively quickly, however, it is important to understand that there are certain situations in which children appear to be okay and later pass away quietly after going to sleep. Stories like these may be referred to as dry drowning, secondary drowning or delayed drowning incidents.

With a dry drowning, water will never enter the victim's lungs; delayed drowning, however is somewhat different. Water may get into the lungs in small amounts in a way that it does not disable the child's breathing right away. However, over the course of several hours, the child may have trouble breathing.

Signs of Secondary Drowning

There are several key signs that you need to watch out for as a parent to determine whether or not your child may be suffering from dry or delayed drowning. These include:

  • Extreme tiredness
  • Pale skin or blue lips
  • Changes in behavior such as being argumentative or combative
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Throwing up
  • Coughing or chest pain

Being in the pool and keeping an eye on your children at all times can help to alert you to upcoming problems, but it is always important to bear in mind that if your child has suffered an incident in the pool that you need to keep an extra eye on him or her. In the event that this happened at a hotel pool or a resort pool, you may have grounds for personal injury claim if there were inadequate lifeguards on duty or if appropriate signs were not posted.

This can be a complicated legal area and this is why it is important to connect directly with an experienced hotel or resort swimming pool accident attorney. The right lawyer can have a significant impact on your case and it is strongly recommended that you consult with someone sooner rather than later.

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