Here's the article titled, "Will Your Child Be One of the 708 This Summer?" I wrote in earlier this year. In it, I extensively detailed the various forms of drowning, all of which can lead to death. Secondary or delayed drowning, dry drowning and near-drowning incidences have the potential to cause catastrophic health problems that may have lifelong consequences.
I've evaluated approximately ten children who had a history of near-drowning incidences because parents were concerned about the "possibility" that "something happened" during the event. They were right. There were very serious consequences even when the child was released from the hospital after several hours.
Clearly, they don't appreciate the dangers that a man-made body of water can pose. Is it the case that they have a false sense of security with a pool, any pool? Drownings occur anyway and everywhere, even in toilets and buckets and koi ponds. Their deaths are silent.
I can't help but warn you about secondary drowning which is also known as delayed drowning is when a child might swallow water and choke. Even if they appear to resolve the incident, they could have water in their lungs which will cause a "domino" effect resulting in a need for emergency medical treatment. It can result in death.
Maybe it's just me and maybe I don't care if someone thinks I'm overly reacting, but if my kid had a bad choking incident in a pool or lake or river or whatever, I'm taking him to the ER. Why? Because I can't live with the consequences and I'm not arrogant enough to risk my child's life by thinking that I "know better".
Please please read the article and share it with others, especially grandparents and aunts and anyone who might be responsible for your child when they are in the water. We've got to do better. One kid's life can make all the the difference in the world to that one family.
Just do the best you can, Claudia.
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