Now that summer is in full swing, families around the world are flocking to their local swimming holes. Whether you live near a lake, ocean, or pool, swimming during the summer is a great activity for just about anyone. Unfortunately, swimming doesn't come without risks, so parents need to be cautious and alert while their little ones are splashing around.
A Missouri family learned this after their 3-year-old daughter, Lizzie, had a near-death experience with something called "secondary drowning." Everyone is familiar with drowning, and the lifeguards who patrol our pools and beaches do everything in their power to make sure it doesn't happen, so what makes "secondary drowning" different?
Secondary drowning, otherwise known as "dry drowning," is a condition that can affect individuals up to 72 hours after they've left the water. In Lizzie's case, she fell into the pool, inhaled a small amount of water, and was quickly rescued by her brother. Even though she was given CPR and seemed to be breathing fine, water still lingered in Lizzie's lungs. When she began exhibiting strange behavior, her family knew that something was seriously wrong with their daughter. Thankfully, they took Lizzie to the hospital in time for her to be properly treated, but other children haven't been so fortunate. Some symptoms to be on the lookout for if your child inhales water include coughing, shortness of breath, lethargy, chest pains, fever, and unusual mood changes. Now, Lizzie's family is sharing their story to make sure that everyone is aware of the dangers of secondary drowning.
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H/T: Heartland News