Secondary drowning dangers

By: Stacia Strong Email
By: Stacia Strong Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Recent headlines have brought to light a problem most parents didn’t know about.

Children under the age of 5 are extremely susceptible to secondary drowning, which can occur after a child has a near drowning experience.

Experts say that while they may have been breathing normally but respiratory issues can still come up within 24 hours of an incident.

"That fluid that's still in their lungs can still cause respiratory problems," said Firefighter/ Paramedic Ben Blehn.

Now that more moms have become aware of secondary drowning, they say it’s one more thing they have to worry about during the months.

Sue Brueggman, mom of two and grandmother to 5 young children said she is just thankful to know about this problem, "I think it's always good to know these things because you that if your child has any kind of underwater a little too long or had some problems to really watches."

Fire department officials say that while it isn’t necessary to rush kids to the emergency room after nearly drowning, there are signs look for to keep their child from going into cardiac arrest after a near drowning experience.

"You do need to look for their big symptoms, difficulty breathing, consistent coughing and the last one is lethargic," said Blehn.

They also caution parents to keep a vigilant eye on kids when in or around water this summer.

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