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Health Tip: Pool safety for kids

By: Brennan

Did you know that you or your child can experience similar symptoms to drowning hours after leaving the water? It may sound crazy, but secondary drowning is an often an unrecognized health problem that can occur after spending time at the pool or other bodies of water.

Secondary drowning is a breathing problem that occurs one to 24 hours after you’ve left the water when you’ve accidently breathed water into your lungs while spending time in the water. It can happen in adults, but is more common in children due to their small size.

This happens when a child’s airway opens up, letting water into his lungs where it builds up, causing trouble breathing.

If your child was playing in the pool and you think they might have gulped down some water, watch out for the following symptoms.

·         Coughing

·         Chest pain

·         Trouble breathing

·         Feeling tired or lethargic

You might also notice a change in your child’s behavior because he or she isn’t receiving enough oxygen to the brain.

If you notice any of these symptoms, call 911 or take your child to the emergency department immediately.

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