What is dry drowning?

What is dry drowning?

When your children are swimming in the pool or in the sea and whenever your children are near water the concern that they may drown is that you will pay attention to them and take care of them. That's right. But do you know that the risk of drowning your children on land is also possible? We all know that if water enters our lungs we will drown. This may happen while swimming or bathing but in other cases such as holding water in the mouth or drinking water this may happen. This is deadly but if the person receives timely assistance the chance of survival is high. You may have heard the terms "dry drowning" or "secondary drowning". These are not medical terms but refer to the consequences that you should know about them. These side effects are more common in children. In "dry drowning" water never reaches the lungs. In fact when children breathe for a while their vocal cords suffer from spasms and get close together. It closes the airways and makes the baby's breathing hard. Consequently the air does not enter the child's lungs and the child suffers from choking. "Secondary drowning" is another term used to describe another type of drowning. This happens when water enters the child's lungs but not to a degree that suffers from choking and only disrupts the lungs. This problem worsens within 24 hours until the child is no longer able to breathe and suffocate. Both types of drowning are very rare and only 1-2% of the drowned people make up. But because of the danger they are it's best to know more about them so that they can function properly when needed.  


The disease can have many symptoms but the most common are the following. If your child has the following symptoms after swimming and in the presence of water see your doctor immediately:

  • Frequent cough
  • Pain in the chest
  • Having trouble breathing the baby
  • Feeling tired
  • A change in the behavior of the baby that indicates that the oxygen is not sufficient for the brain.


What should we do?

Any disease if taken promptly can be treated and prevented. You should be careful about it 24 hours after swimming your child. If you see any of the symptoms listed try to move the baby slowly and help breathe easier. If the symptoms of your child are getting worse take it to the emergency department immediately. Because to diagnose this disease you need to take x-rays of your chest that should be done by your doctor.  


The most important thing to do is take care of the children next to the water. When your baby is in or around the water take care of him carefully to react quickly if the problem occurs. Do not allow your child to swim in deep water areas. Never allow your child to alone sleep after swimming. Never leave your child alone beside water even at your own home. Register your child in swimming classes and water safety. Never drop your guard. These happenings in any water with any amount (bath tub pool etc.) may occur. Finally keep in mind that water safety is the most important thing.