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Secondary Drowning

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SWIMMING DANGERS -- Schools are starting to let out for summer break and that means more people at the pool where drowning is a big concern.

But, now people are learning of a different type of drowning where you may not see signs hours or even days after the initial incident.

Secondary drowning is stages of drowning after a child has been submerged under the water.

Water gets in the lungs and symptoms of drowning can occur within three days.

Experts say a person may cough up water and seem fine right after being submerged but fluid could still be in the lungs causing serious problems if not dealt with so they want everyone to know the signs.

Sarah Jones is the Danville YMCA Aquatics Director ans says, "It has caused deaths in children so it's important for parents, if your child has been submerged underwater, to watch closely for signs of secondary drowning because the signs can vary from foaming at the mouth or a child being unresponsive."

Many parents say they've never heard of the term but agree with experts that prevention is key.

Lifeguards suggest staying within arms reach of your children in the pool to avoid them sinking beneath the surface especially at peak times when the pool is busier.Secondary Drowning


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