This Boy Died An Hour After Swimming

Drowning is an important cause of death, especially among children. There are two types of drowning, dry and wet. This occurs when the person swallows a large amount of water that blocks breathing and causes collapse of the circulatory system (sudden drop in blood pressure). Dry drowning is more difficult to detect because symptoms can occur up to 72 hours after swimming.

According to the WHO, drowning corresponds to respiratory insufficiency following immersion or submersion in liquid and is manifested when the lungs are filled with water, which blocks breathing. Then follows cardiac arrest and death. It also happens that a small amount of water floods the lungs but that the drowning appears several hours later, it is the drowning drowning or secondary drowning which intervenes more often in the children.

What is Dry Drowning?

If a small amount of water is found in the lungs of a child, it irritates them, resulting in the secretion of fluids. These then cause the choking of the child in its own secretions.

One example is Johnny Jackson, a ten-year-old child who spent the day at the pool with his mother Cassandra and who was feeling extremely tired on his return home. He asked to go to bed early but his mother did not suspect anything because it was quite normal for a child of his age to feel exhausted after having spent so much time in the pool. However, when she went to see if everything was fine, it was the shock!

Johnny had difficulty breathing and some moss came out of his mouth, his mother immediately took him to the emergency room and once there, the doctors told him it was a drowning. The day at the pool was fatal because it was while bathing that Johnny swallowed water but drowning occurred only a few hours later and Cassandra failed to recognize its symptoms.

She said in an interview that she did not know that a child could walk, talk and have lungs full of water. By the time his son swallowed water at the pool, he showed no sign of respiratory distress, he just felt tired and was sleepy. So far nothing abnormal for a child of ten who spent the day having fun with his friends.

Symptoms of Dry Drowning

Never let a child swim unsupervised because a drowning can intervene very quickly, it is the story of a few seconds, mainly for those who do not know how to swim. Sometimes the head of a young child falls into the water and it is difficult to raise it, so always be next to supervise the swimming.

There are some specific symptoms of drowning that can alert parents. If after a swim you notice that your child has difficulty breathing, shows signs of extreme fatigue, suddenly suffers from coughing, is in a sulky mood, and Of moss starts to come out of his mouth, you must immediately consult a doctor. All of these symptoms result from reduced oxygen flow into the brain and may result in pulmonary edema.

So after a day spent at the pool, beach or lake, if your child seems lethargic, breathes badly and suddenly becomes irritable take him to the nearest hospital. Johnny Jackson presented three of the above symptoms, felt very tired, breathed badly and had moss coming out of his mouth, but as most of the parents Cassandra was far from imagining he was in Drowning train.

It is therefore necessary to remain vigilant after a bath and to supervise your child during the hours or even the days that follow, in order to detect the possible signs of a drowning. If he is taken care of in time, he can be cared for and rescued with a breathing tube that will bring oxygen to his lungs to heal them.

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