With the summer holidays on the horizon, no doubt trips to the swimming pool and beach will be high up on the list of fun family activities.
It is this boost in water activities that has led to warnings to parents from medical experts about dry drowning.
Dry drowning occurs where the child takes in water through the nose or mouth, never quite reaching the lungs. Breathing in the water then causes the child’s vocal chords to spasm and close up – in some cases, long after the child has been in the water.
Experts in the States have issued a warning for parents to carefully observe their children after they have spent time in the water.
Mark Rowin, of Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, said: “Parents need to know basic CPR for, in the unlikely event that a near drowning event does happen, they’re going to be the first provider and their responsiveness to that situation may determine an outcome.”
Symptoms of dry drowning are said to include coughing, chest pain, difficulty breathing and feeling extremely tired.
Check out this link for more water safety tips for your family.