Florida Girl Hospitalized After “Dry Drowning”
Many parents realize that they need to be diligent when it comes to monitoring kids in pools and signs of drowning, but many do not realize that certain incidents that take place in the pool, whereby the child appears to be completely fine afterward, could actually lead to death.
Sadly, this has been the reality for several families when it comes to “dry” or “secondary drowning,” whereby a child has to eventually be hospitalized after swallowing too much pool water, even though they appear to be completely fine when they initially get out of the pool.
Pool Toys Can Set Things Up For Disaster
The incident started with two children playing with a “pool noodle,” whereby one child put her mouth on the toy to blow out, while another child on the other end blew in, causing water to shoot directly down the throat of the first child. Many times, a child will vomit immediately after, and appear fine within 30 minutes.
The Deadliness Is Hidden
However, several days later, they can develop a severe fever with an elevated heart rate, indicating that their oxygen is too low and leading to their skin even turning purple. Ultimately, children can die days after inhaling too much pool water if left untreated. Hospital tests often reveal that pool chemicals can cause inflammation and infection, causing children to develop aspiration pneumonia, chemical pneumonitis, and perihilar edema. However, you would never notice these things simply by looking at the child, and these symptoms can develop even if the child is technically not submerged.
How Do You Know If Your Child Suffers From Dry Or Secondary Drowning?
“Dry drowning” is described as the water not reaching the lungs but causing the vocal cords to spasm, which makes it difficult to breathe right after the incident. “Secondary drowning” is associated with the many complications that can develop after water gets into lungs and disrupts the lining. The consequences can involve:
- Edema, or buildup of fluid, making it difficult to breathe;
- A sudden shortness of breath;
- Chest pain;
- Coughing up pink frothy spit;
- Skin turning gray; and
- Dizziness (due to lowered blood pressure).
Parents and other supervising children in pools are advised to keep watch of children 24 hours after experiencing any difficulties in water, even if they just appear to be coughing up or vomiting a little pool water. If medical care is sought right away, these issues are usually treatable.
Contact a Florida Drowning Lawyer
If your child has suffered or died due to dry or secondary drowning, and this is the result of someone’s negligence, contact our Fort Lauderdale drowning lawyers today to find out how we can help. At Friedland & Associates, we are eager to assist you immediately.