How to Protect Your Children from Dry Drowning

What You Need to Know

You can't know how to prevent it if you don't know the warning signs.

Have you ever heard of dry drowning? I hadn't until I saw this tragic story of a 4 year old dying from dry drowning this week, which made me realize it was imperative to educate myself this summer.

Every parent should know how to protect your children from dry drowning, but first, we need to understand exactly what it is.

What is Dry Drowning?

According to this Today Show article:

In dry drowning, water is in the mouth or nose and the vocal cords spasm, trapping the water, causing the person to asphyxiate. Dry drowning might resemble choking, and people turn blue. Secondary drowning happens when someone swallows water and it gets trapped in the lungs, which causes inflammation and produces fluid.

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Dry Drowning: Know the Signs

The good news, if there is any, about dry drowning is that you know it will follow an instance where your child has been in the water and they will likely have trouble breathing after intaking water anywhere from 1-24 hours after swimming, according to this article.

While there is nothing we can do to bring back 4-year-old Frankie Delgado III, we can make sure his death is not in vain by educating ourselves in an effort to protect our own children from dry drowning.

And if you're wondering whether baby is ready for the pool this summer, read this article on "When Can Baby Go Swimming?".

Sami Cone

Sami Cone

Best-Selling Author & Speaker

Sami Cone is the best-selling author of "Raising Uncommon Kids", is known as the "Frugal Mom" on Nashville's top-rated talk show "Talk of the Town" and educates over a million listeners every day on her nationally syndicated "Family Money Minute". She is proud to call Nashville home with her husband, Rick, and their two ‘tweenage' children.

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