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Symptoms of dry drowning: What to be on the lookout for

Symptoms of dry drowning: What to be on the lookout for

With summer right around the corner, anything could happen within a splash of a second.

Dry drowning is a condition when someone takes in a little water through the nose or mouth causing the vocal chords to spasm. This can result in a lack of oxygen.

"When those vocal chords do close, they could close all of the way and then you really have a true medical emergency on your hands. No air movement is getting in at all," says RN and Respiratory Therapist, Joseph Nicoletti.

It's a rarity specialists say is still a serious matter. Symptoms typically appear one to twenty-four hours after the incident. Nicoletti says those symptoms include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pale, sweaty skin
  • Coughing
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting

So, how do you prevent something like this from happening to your child? You should know the signs, keep an eye on your kids, and always act quickly. A first aid or CPR class under your belt can always help.

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