Dangers of Dry Drowning: Learn how to stay safe

by on July 29th, 2010 at 7:00 am

With vacation time for kids officially here, it is likely many of them will be headed towards the closest body of water to cool off, and many of us adults have fond summer memories of enjoying similar fun with our own friends. However, a little known phenomenon likely few of us has heard of—dry drowning – may put a deadly damper on carefree fun unless precautions are taken.

Not much is known about dry drowning, also known as a shallow water blackout. A person who dry-drowns typically displays few or no symptoms when the actual drowning is occurring, and sometimes symptoms or effects appear hours after actually being in water.

This shouldn’t be a cause to panic or to forbid your children from enjoying the many benefits of swimming and playing in water. Dry drowning is considered rare; however, there are some warning signs you should learn to spot.

When a small amount of water is inhaled and goes to the lungs, in some people it can produce a delayed reaction.  Experts say the first sign to look for is breathing difficulties.  This can be one of the most obvious signs, though it doesn’t always occur.

Extreme fatigue is another feature to watch for. Though this is harder to pinpoint, once oxygen stops flowing in necessary amounts to the brain, extreme fatigue and inadequate responses to stimulus can be observed.

Odd or uncharacteristic behavior is another sign of the possibility of water in the lungs, preventing the brain from receiving vital oxygenation. Spotting unusual behavior can be tricky when it comes to children, whose moods can fluctuate from excited and happy one minute to cranky and restless the next. Parents know their kids in and out, and are the best to judge if a certain behavior is unusual.

As far as maintaining overall wellness during times of play or everyday, natural remedies can be used to soothe excitable tempers and promote nervous system health in children of all ages.

Also, natural remedies can be kept at hand in your first aid kit. Summer is a time when insect bites, cuts, scrapes, and wounds, are more likely. And treating these naturally is always a great option!

As with all approaches to health, a proactive, preventative stance is always best to help maintain wellness and enjoy summer!

3 Responses to “Dangers of Dry Drowning: Learn how to stay safe”

  1. Anne McGinley

    Aug 3rd, 2010

    what the f(*& ???? No wonder people are so afraid to have fun

  2. Josh the website visitor

    Aug 5th, 2010

    hi, A. Tarallo..
    just finished reading your article. at first i was a bit confused by the name dry-drowning. but now, i agree. this is some thing to care about. Specially as far as children are concern. i go to pool once in a week and will tell others as well about it.
    thanks for the informative article.

  3. A. Tarallo

    Aug 5th, 2010

    Hi Josh,

    I know what you mean by ‘confusing’. I was too when I first heard that a child had died from dry drowning in South Carolina a couple of years ago.

    Thank you for your intention to help raise awareness regarding this issue.

    It is crucial to keep an eye on children at all times while they play in the water specially because ocean/poolside fun and games can get carried away and kids become very excited and even hyper. This can cause them to unwillingly swallow water and put them at risk.

    I appreciate your comment & feedback and hope to see around here again soon! :) )

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