The Symptoms and Causes of Dry Drowning

Jun 24, 2015 at 6:22 pm |
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Most parents are concerned about keeping an eye on their children at the pool while they’re swimming, but did you know your child can be fatally harmed¬†even after the pool is out of the equation?


In 2013 South Carolina 10-year-old, Johnny Jackson ‘dry drowned’ over an hour after he had exited the pool. The fourth grader experienced his first and final swim under the watchful eye of his mother Cassandra Jackson, who walked home with him after he’d finished playing in the water.

After telling his mother that he was tired, Johnny took a nap, until Cassandra checked on her son and found that he had asphyxiated by drowning.

‘Dry drowning’ or ‘secondary drowning’ happens when a person, usually a small child, ingests too much water and it gets into their lungs, causing a delayed asphyxiation.

“I’ve never known that a child could walk around, talk, speak, and their lungs be filled with water,” says Cassandra about her tragic experience with her son.

While very rare, apparently ‘dry drowning’ is not unheard of, accounting of about 10-15% of reported drownings.

Parents should be on the lookout for several characteristics their child might exhibit if they are suffering from dry drowning: difficulty breathing, extreme lethargy/trouble staying conscious, and strange changes in their behavior.

While it’s sometimes very difficult to discern normal behavior from behavior associated with someone suffering from dry drowning, it’s definitely something all parents should be aware of if their children have spent any lengthy time in the water.

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