Every parent is aware of the dangers pools, but many of them don’t know that the hours after a near-drowning experience is also very dangerous.
Here we have a true story od a family of a 3-year-old girl that had the luck to learn about this at the right time to prevent was lucky secondary drowning.If not, Lizzie Marks may not be here today.
In August of 2014, this 3 years old girl Lizzie was playing near a friend pool when she slipped and fell in the water, KFVS 12 reported.
Luckily her brother, Sam, 13 saw her , pulled her out and gave her CPR. “She was gray in the face, blue in the lips, and her eyes were in her head. She was spitting water and stuff … I was really scared.” Sam told KFVS 12. Lizzie appeared ok after the incident. But, later, exhausted she wanted to go to sleep. That’s the crucial moment a family member advised her mom Cassandra Marks not to let her daughter fall asleep or she may not wake back up.
“If I would have lost her, I just would have been devastated,” Cassandra Marks told KFVS.
Secondary Drowning is related with dry drowning, according to WebMD, and occurs several hours after the child is saved. It is a result of water in the lungs. “It can happen to your child, or your grandchild, or your niece or nephew, cousin, family member, regardless,” Zina Jacobs, aunt of the 3-year-old told KFVS.
In secondary drowning, the airway opens up and lets water into the lungs. Not noticed at first ,but the water builds up, making it difficult to breathe.
Secondary drowning usually happens between an hour and 24 hours after the accidents. We must say that it only happens in 1 to 2 percent of all incidents, but if the accident happens parents should watch for the following symptoms:
-Coughing -Chest Pain -Difficulty Breathing
Parents don’t let your kid out of your site for about 24 hours after any swimming accidents and immediately seek medical attention if symptoms get worse.
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