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Dry Drowning: causes, symptoms, prevention

(WPVI)

Drowning is the second leading cause of death among young children to 14 years old.

However, dry drowning is very rare, and only accounts for less than 2% of drowning incidents.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for every child who dies from drowning, five more children go to the emergency department for nonfatal submersion injuries.

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Dry drowning happens when a child inhales water into the lungs. Vocal cords can spasm, causing breathing problems. Symptoms start to show once the victim is out of the water, between 1-24 hours after water exposure.

Symptoms may include: distressful breathing, consistent coughing, vomiting, sleepiness, forgetfulness, and unusual behavior.

Both adults and children can fall victim to dry drowning, but it is more common in young kids because their bodies are much smaller.

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Drowning can occur in any types of water, including: small plastic pools, ponds, bathtubs, and toilet bowls.

Prevention includes swim lessons, supervision, and basic water safety.

The term "dry drowning" has made national headlines recently, after a 4-year-old Texas boy, Frankie Delgado, died after swimming in a dike over Memorial Day weekend

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