Every Parent Needs To Know About Dry And Secondary Drowning
If you didn't know that it's possible to drown outside of the water, then it's time to become familiar with the very real, very scary phenomena of dry drowning and secondary drowning.
Dry Drowning happens when someone, like a kid who's still figuring out swimming, inhales a little water, triggering a spasming airway and making breathing difficult.
Secondary Drowning is caused by a "near drowning" incident, causing fluid buildup in the lungs, and difficulty breathing later.
Someone can have an episode then walk and talk afterward, seemingly fine. But both can lead to breathing trouble and brain injury, and if unrecognized and untreated, it can be fatal.
One woman's close call with her child experiencing secondary drowning has led to her bringing awareness to mothers everywhere. Here are the 5 most important things you should know about dry and secondary drowning.
Nell, another near secondary drowning victim:
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