In the news lately there has been talk about people who have suffered from something calleddry drowning or secondary drowning
WHAT IS IT:
Drowning from fluid in the lungs that occurs not during submersion in water, but up to 24 hours after swimming or bathing”
Inhalation of water into the lungs, whether in or out of water, causing the vocal cords to spasm.
Make sure you are watching your child very closely while they are in the pool is an obvious first step. Make a note of the surroundings at the pool.
Has your child taken in a bunch of water and come up coughing and sputtering?
Difficulty breathing, coughing, chest pain, or throwing up.
Look for rapid and shallow breaths, nostril flaring, or a pronounced gap in the ribs when breathing. These are all signs a child is working too hard to get oxygen.
Major fatigue can be a sign the brain is not getting enough oxygen.
Any odd change in behavior.
Kids in the beginning stages of delayed drowning may be excessively cranky, argumentative, or combative.
Odd physical changes.
Look out for blue lips or pale skin
If you or someone you know has suffered a loss of a loved one due to potential negligence at the pool, please give the Law Offices of Kaiman and Crane a call. We may be able to help.