LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - Swimming is a very popular extra-curricular activity that many kids take up during the summer, but parents need to know about another type of drowning called dry-drowning.
Dry drowning, or secondary drowning is a hidden threat for kids who swim.
If parents do not know how to identity their symptoms it could be fatal.
Dry drowning typically occurs after a kid has gone swimming or after a near-drowning experience.
The instance occurs as a result of water entering the lungs and causing swelling.
When this happens, the air passages in the lungs are filled with water and are unable to move oxygen and from the blood, causing oxygen levels to drop and the heart to slow down.
This can cause a child toe essentially drown from the inside and can be tragic if it’s not caught in time.
Life guard Juan Mujica says, “It can happen to anybody, at any point. It's just the water gets in their face and if it goes down the wrong pipe, it can happen to anyone. It can happen to an adult, dry drowning.”
Doctors advise everyone to remember not splash water in anyone’s face while they are swimming.
They also advise parents to keep an eye on their kids at all times during aquatic activities.
Parents should look out for coughing, sleepiness, drop in energy level, irritability and chest pain and vomiting.