Summer is most definitely the time to make a big splash. It’s hot and the best way to spend the days is to laze about in the water at the pool or on the beach. Most people worry about sharks in the water while they’re off at the beach, but the biggest danger that parents need to keep an out of is drowning. Here are The Dangers that are Lurking In and Out of the Water this Summer.
Drowning often doesn’t look like anything is wrong. It’s a silent slip into the abyss below that most people don’t notice until it’s too late. Over 3,500 deaths from drowning occurred in the US between 2014 and 2015, with one in every 5 of those being a child under the age of 14.
Even if your child has had swimming lessons, you shouldn’t leave them to swim unattended. Always be mindful and present when your children are in the pool. While you check your Facebook, your child could slip away under the waves without making a single sound.
Of course, most parents know very well to watch their children in the water and that water, as fun as it can be, can also be intensely dangerous and unforgiving. However, most parents are unaware of a couple terrifying dangers that can occur outside of the water. They are called dry drowning and secondary drowning, and both can cause death long after your child has dried off and gone inside to play.
On a recent swim in our pool, my eldest daughter slipped under after getting out of her inner tube. In seconds, I had bounded to her and pulled her up. Those seconds felt like an eternity. She was okay, but I remained on guard for 24 hours, observing her to be sure she wouldn’t fall victim to drowning out of the water.
While these are much rarer, responsible for only 1% to 2% of all drowning, it is still essential to be aware of them because if you spot the symptoms of them and seek medical assistance, your child will be okay. Dry drowning and secondary drowning usually happen when your child breathes too much water into her lungs, or if she struggles while swimming. Older children aren’t safe either as they tend to dunk and splash a lot, which can also lead to these out-of-water drowning.
Symptoms of both dry drowning and secondary drowning are the same and can include coughing, chest pain, trouble breathing and feeling very tired. Changes in behavior like being highly irritable or having a lack of energy can be a result of the brain not getting proper oxygen.
If you notice any of these symptoms after a day in the water, get your child checked out immediately. In most cases, these symptoms will work themselves out, but it’s best to have a medical professional conduct a thorough exam to avoid a tragedy.
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