What Parents Need to Know and Look Out For to Prevent ‘Dry Drowning’

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) — A warning from doctors and a lamentation family about a dangers of “dry” and “delayed drowning” after a preschooler died in Harris County, Texas.


Four-year-old Frankie Delgado upheld divided suddenly, within several days of swimming with his family in a Texas City Dike.

“Out of nowhere he woke adult and he pronounced ‘ah’ and he took his final breath,“ pronounced a boy’s father, Frank Delgado, Jr.

Doctors told a Delgados Frankie died from “dry drowning;” something they’d never listened of before that day, reports FOX40 sister hire WJW.

They suspicion their son had a elementary stomach bug, though he had apparently inhaled H2O while swimming in a levee.

“His lungs were full of liquid and there was zero else they could do for him,” pronounced Tara Delgado, Frankie’s mother.

According to a Centers for Disease Control “injury” drowning is a second heading means of genocide among children.

About 1 to 2 percent of those cases are caused by “dry and delayed” drowning.

It can occur in any physique of H2O and even a bathtub.

Although unequivocally rare, Dr. Christine Alexander, Chairman of Family Medicine during a MetroHealth System told WJW relatives need to know and commend a symptoms, since once they start, a time is ticking.

The condition manifests in dual ways. Dr. Alexander says a initial occurs when a child is underneath H2O and gets H2O in a behind of their throat.

“It happens in a voice box area and it starts to quiver or unequivocally spasm,“ Dr. Alexander said, “And it’s that spasming that leads to a problem with breathing.”

The child competence start coughing and/or immediately struggling to breathe.

“The liquid gets down into a lungs and causes a chemical reaction,” Dr. Alexander told WJW, “You’ll notice when they’re perplexing to exhale we can see their rib enclosure in between holding breaths.”

However, a Delgados in Texas pronounced Frankie didn’t vaunt any symptoms until after during home when he started queasiness and had diarrhea.

Other signs embody chest pain, impassioned tired and irritability.

If a child is experiencing any of those symptoms Dr. Alexander suggests job a health caring provider or holding a child to a puncture room or obligatory caring where they can fast establish either or not it’s a pathogen or dry drowning.

Victims can entirely redeem fast with elementary oxygen and other treatments.

However, but it they many positively could die, so Dr. Alexander says it’s always improved to blunder on a side of caution.

“You have to trust your parental instinct and contend this isn’t normal,” Dr. Alexander said.

The alloy says one of a many critical keys to impediment is removing children swimming lessons since a improved they are in a water, a reduction expected they are to swallow or breathe water.

Click by to entrance Frankie’s GoFundMe page.


Do you have an unusual story to tell? E-mail stories@tutuz.com