BOISE, Idaho — With the climate warming up, lots of people will quickly be cooling down within the water.
Whereas drowning is at all times a priority, posts on social media about “dry drowning” or secondary drowning are making the rounds.
However what’s dry drowning?
It’s reportedly when a baby swallows water whereas taking part in in a pool or river and that youngster seems superb till they begin exhibiting drowning signs, hours and even days later.
“The signs will likely be cough, problem respiration, confusion, not performing proper or different indicators that they have been beneath water and their mind has been with out oxygen,” stated Dr. Justin Sempsrott, Facility Medical Director for West Valley Medical Middle.
However Sempsrott advised KTVB there’s no medical definition for the time period dry drowning.
“There’s by no means been a printed case the place any person is 100 % regular, who then later develops signs a number of days later,” Sempsrott stated. “Most of the massive instances which were within the media had been discovered to be brought on by different issues – collapsed lungs, infections within the coronary heart or different issues that weren’t associated to them being within the water.”
So the place did the time period dry drowning come from?
“We have all been at dinner earlier than and had some water go down the improper pipe, if that is all they’ve had for signs, then they will be superb but when that water has moved down into the lungs they are going to proceed to cough or have problem respiration past what you’ll anticipate on the dinner desk, and these are those which might be often referred to as the delayed, or dry or secondary drowning,” Sempsrott stated.
In relation to precise drowning, youngsters beneath the age of 5 are the best danger age group.
“Prevention is unquestionably the very best remedy for drowning,” Sempsrott stated. “The American Academy of Pediatrics just lately up to date their pointers and recommends swim classes as younger as age one as a result of the best danger group are the 1 to four year-olds, and one of many layers of prevention is swim classes.”