The dangers of dry drowning

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It’s pool time, which means a lot of fun, but also presents some dangers.

We always have to be careful with our kids near the water, but there’s even a risk of drowning hours after they swim.

Pediatrician Dr. Angela Schultz joined us to explain the meaning of dry, or secondary drowning.

What are the signs of secondary drowning?

A general rule of thumb: watch your child for the next 24 hours to look for signs such as shortness of breath, differences in breathing, such as heavy or shallow breaths, abnormal skin colour, such as looking pale or clammy, and shivering.

The Lifesaving Society also points to these signs:

Irritation or pain in the throat or chest
Coughing after taking a deep breath
Persistent coughing or wheezing
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Unusual fatigue
Dizziness/altered level of consciousness
High fever

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