‘Dry’ Drowning Unknown Killer

dry-drowning-victim.jpgMost people are unaware that their child can drown long after they’ve been in water.  A 10-year old African American boy in South Carolina just lost his life to the unknown killer, dry drowning.  He had been in the pool playing, walked home with his mom, was tired and wanted to go to bed.  Understandable right?  Most of us go swimming and are tired afterwards, so the parent wouldn’t be the wiser of this being a symptom of dry drowning.

The lungs get saturated with water during water activity: bathing, swimming, etc.   The child becomes listless, irritable in some cases, and overall behavior changes.  In the case of 10-year old Johnny Jackson, his mom had one of the warning signs, yet without the information needed to detect or even know about such a phenomena, she could not save her son’s life.  She went to check on him and his face was covered with a “spongy white material.”

On June 5, Dr. Daniel Rauch, a pediatrician from New York University Langone Medical Center, told the TODAY show’s Meredith Vieira that there are three important signs: difficulty breathing, extreme tiredness and changes in behavior.  These symptoms begin to present themselves because there is reduced oxygen flow to the brain.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 10 to 15 percent of the 3,600 people that drowned in 2005, were classified as “dry drowning” deaths, which can occur up to 24 hours after a small amount of water gets into the lungs, as reported by MSNBC.  Go here to learn more about this tragic story and this unknown killer.

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