With dry drowning, water never reaches the lungs. Instead, breathing in water causes your child’s vocal chords to spasm and close up after he’s already left the pool, ocean, or lake. That shuts off his airways, making it hard to breathe. A condition called pulmonary edema is the next following.
Here, we write about a case where a ten year old child, Johnny, had foam on his mouth and had difficulties breathing.
After taking him to the ER immediately, the mother was told that what happened was ”Secondary Drowning“ . Though rare, secondary drowning can be fatal if warning symptoms are ignored. Anytime someone (children and adults alike) inhales even a small gush of water (pool, lake or ocean) it can irritate the lungs and cause swelling.