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How to Recognize the Signs of a Drowning Child

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that drowning is a leading cause of death for children, and it often happens silently. Many people are not aware of the signs of drowning, which can lead to tragic consequences. As the summer approaches, it's essential for parents or those who plan to spend time by the pool to understand the signs that someone may be drowning. Here's what you need to know.

Signs of a Drowning Child

The first sign of drowning is usually a head that's low in the water and tilted back with the mouth open. This happens because the person is trying to keep their head above water and take in as much air as possible. They may also extend their arms out to the side or try to push themselves up out of the water, but they won't be able to keep themselves afloat for long, especially if not a highly skilled or experienced swimmer.

Other signs of drowning include:

  • Hyperventilating or gasping for air
  • Trying to swim in a particular direction but not making much progress
  • Flopping or treading water instead of using a swimming motion
  • Closing their eyes
  • Appearing panicked or distressed

If you see someone exhibiting these signs, it's crucial to act quickly. Pull them out of the water and call for medical help immediately.

What is Dry Drowning?

In the days or even hours following a potential drowning scare, it is also important to keep a close eye on children as they may exhibit signs of “dry drowning.” This happens when water is inhaled, causing the vocal cords to spasm and close up. It can happen immediately after a near-drowning incident or hours later.

Signs of dry drowning include:

  • Coughing
  • Chest pain
  • Trouble breathing
  • Irritability or unusual fatigue

If you notice any of these signs, take your child to the hospital right away as they may need medical attention.

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