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Secondary Drowning: What Every Parent Needs to Know


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  1. I saw this article yesterday. Secondary drowning is something I am not at all familiar with and would love to learn more about.

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  2. I just admitted a child to the hospital yesterday after a near drowning. Here in Florida, we see this unfortunate situation all too many times. If your child has been submerged in the water for any length of time, he or she should be checked out by a doctor right away. Often children are admitted to the hospital and observed for at least 24 hours to make sure that they do not develop signs of fluid in the lungs. The child will be placed on a monitor to measure heart rate, breathing rate, and oxygen level in the blood. If there is any abnormality on the chest X-ray, antibiotics may be added as well to treat pneumonia. This is a serious situation that should not be taken lightly!

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    1. Thank you for the feedback. We are at the pool all of the time in the summer so I am glad that I came across this article, especially since I have a very fearless 2.5 year old running around!

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  3. This article highlights two important facts about drowning in addition to introducing parents to the concept of secondary drowning. First, a child can have a near drowning experience even after a very brief (seconds!) period of time. Second, monitoring children while they swim requires your full and undivided attention, drowning is rarely a case of negligence and commonly happens within a very brief moment of distraction.

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  4. I’m SO GLAD I can across this post. It just seems like there are so many unknown dangers for our babies!! It’s scary 🙁 I try to stay abreast of things but then something like this creeps up. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. I have a question, do they have to be submerged completely? My understanding of the article was that if they swallow any amount of water or liquid and choke. If that’s the case we’d be in the ER all the time because my 4 1/2 month old loves to kick and splash in the bath and ends up swallowing and subsequently choking on water.

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  6. My son is 7 months & he to splashes like a fish in the tub & always ends up choking…. is this dangerous or only if he’s “under water”?

    Ty

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  7. To be clear, secondary drowning is not very common. Toddlers and prescoolers often swallow a mouthful or choke just a bit while swimming without any issues afterward. The key here is that if your child had a rough time swimming that day and then begins to suddenly cough, wheeze or have any trouble breathing, seek medical assistance quickly.

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    1. Thank you for clearing this up! I am sure I am not the only parent out there right now a little paranoid every time their child swallows some pool water.

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