12 OYS: Dry drowning dangers parents should know

By: Julie Calhoun Email
By: Julie Calhoun Email

On Your Side

Friday, July 11th, 2014

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW)- A lot of you are spending summer in the water with your kids.

While it's a fun way for the family to cool off, you probably feel a lot safer when your kids are out of the water.

Did you know kids can drown hours after you're home from the pool or beach?

Jeff Langston and his three children swim at least three times a week, and dry drowning is something he's just recently heard of.

"Having a great day at the pool, and then go home and realize something bad is going wrong that was right here under our nose the whole time that's scary," Langston said.

Dry drowning happens when a swimmer inhales water and a sudden rush of water gets inside their lungs. It can happen when kids jump in the pool, go down a slide, or are just playing around.
The first signs of dry drowning are coughing, choking and trouble breathing. Those first signs could start hours after you've left the pool. Later signs are fever, fatigue, and even a change in mood, but safety experts say the first signs can be your best clue.

"If your child got into trouble in the water and they are having any kind of breathing difficulty or any kind of change in censorious you need to take them to a health professional immediately," said Rene Hopkins, coordinator at Safe Kids Augusta.

Langston's wife, a nurse, saw symptoms of dry drowning last summer in the ER.

"I would just say go with your gut feeling and if see your kids acting in a way that your not used to seeing them act then act on it. take them to the ER," Langston said.

Langston says their family won't be taking any chances.

"It's better to have that ER trip than that trip to the funeral home," Langston said.

Here's some more advice, parents learn CPR.

Pool safety advice includes keeping an eye on your kids at all times, not leaving them alone in water and checking drain covers to make sure there aren't any cracks a child could get sucked into.

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