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Secondary drowning - a dangerous and little-known threat!

Secondary drowning - a dangerous and little-known threat!



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A summer afternoon at the pool, a scout in the lake, joyful fun in the sea ... it's the norm.

Holidays are coming, along with them warm days that many parents spend with children by the water. While most are aware of drowning, few have heard about secondary drowning.

What is behind this term? What is worth knowing about?

Lindsey, describing her story on the blog, had a moment of horror when her son fell into the spa with hydromassage and for a few seconds he was inertly lifted in the swirls of water. The woman quickly pulled the child out of the pool and made sure the boy choked out the water. She was relieved to see that everything was all right, thanking that this story had ended this way.

Unfortunately, a few hours later she had to rush to the ambulance when the child's condition deteriorated rapidly ... The doctors told her about secondary drowning ...

What is secondary drowning?

Many people have no idea about secondary drowning. In the meantime, it's worth knowing what can happen for a few hours after a dangerous event.

Secondary drowning is the result of water accumulating in the lungs. The problem usually occurs up to 72 hours after flooding, and the cause may be even a small amount of water in the lungs. The accumulated fluid irritates the alveoli, leading to deterioration of the respiratory function and, consequently, causing hypoxia of the body, which can be fatal.

The risk of secondary drowning is particularly high when flooded in artificial tanks with chemically treated water.

How is secondary drowning manifested?

If there is an unpleasant situation on the water, you should be especially sensitive to:

  • breathing difficulties,
  • trouble catching air
  • intense cough
  • tiredness, lethargy
  • disturbance of consciousness
  • trouble concentrating.

If any disturbing symptoms appear, you should immediately respond by going to the emergency room for help.