- A drowning person’s mouth bobs below the surface, with little time to come up for air
- A drowning person won’t speak because breathing is the priority
- When drowning, the arms are pushing down against water, making it hard to wave
- Drowning struggles happen in 20-60 second intervals, before going back under
The second form of drowning that is rarely discussed is called dry drowning. People with asthma or breathing problems are more at risk. Dry drowning occurs after a problematic incident where water has been forced into the lungs. Severe cases can result in death within 1 to 24 hours. Here are some signs of what dry drowning could look like:
- Continued coughing for many hours after the water incident
- Trouble breathing or shortness of breath
- Chest pains
- Extreme fatigue or tiredness
- Paleness of face
Dry drowning can occur when someone has been knocked down by a wave or jumped into the water with their mouth open. If diagnosed early, the treatment involves supplying oxygen to the lungs and jump starting the breathing process.
Effective ways to avoid drowning accidents include teaching proper swim techniques such has holding the nose when jumping into a body of water, the importance of arm and leg coordination, and breathing styles. The most effective way to avoid a drowning accident is to never take your eyes off the kids, especially when they are in water. That also means, no texting while with children near, or in, water.
Excerpt from: msnnews.com