What is Secondary Drowning?

Summer is the time to enjoy your luxury pool at great length. It is important to practice safety procedures while enjoying the water at all times to prevent serious injury. Most people know that during the summer season, cases of drownings increase tremendously. While parents are aware of drowning being a risk, they might not realize that their children are at risk for secondary drowning, or dry drowning.

Though these cases do not happen often, it is important to understand what these types of drownings are and the risks they pose. While a child is swimming, they have the potential to breath in small amounts of water over a period of time if they are struggling in the water. A dry drowning occurs after this intake of water when the muscles located in your airways begin to spasm. This then makes breathing difficult and can lead to the dry drowning. A secondary drowning incident occurs when fluid begins to build in the lungs, resulting in difficulty breathing. In both instances, breathing becomes extremely difficult, which can later result in brain injury and even death.

Symptoms of these types of drownings include:

  • Fatigue
  • Changes in behavior
  • Coughing
  • Chest pain
  • Problems breathing

These symptoms can occur anywhere from one hour to twenty four hours after being out of the water. If you know your child struggled while swimming, be sure to keep an eye out for these symptoms and seek medical attention immediately. All cases of drowning can be prevented if there is proper adult supervision at all times while children are enjoying your luxury pool. Make sure your child knows how to swim and knows their limitations while enjoying the water.

At Elite Pools, we specialize in the installation and maintenance of luxury pools for residents in the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC area. Our professionals are also trained to make repairs to your luxury pool and can also renovate your luxury pool if needed.

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*The writer of this article is not a medical professional. Information contained herein has been collected from sources believed to be reliable, and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided here is for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care.

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