It has been seen that kids are fond of water, be it splashing in their bathtubs or simply playing with it, so they can also be called aquatic babies. Initially the depth of water is less as they are confined to small baby pools which are at home and do not carry much water or they play with running water, but it has been seen that with the advent of summers, parents take the kids to pools with them to beat the scorching heat and to even play and spend time in togetherness. The water level in the pool is not too much but is not even too little, so it is advisable never to leave the kid all alone and be there to keep a watch over them. It is difficult for them to drown but not impossible, so fair chances are there, so, as parents or guardians, we need to be cautious and alert while the child is inside the pool.
Since child drowning is becoming a commonplace feature, we shall be studying secondary and dry drowning and its indicators as well as the cure to it.
Drowning is a situation where one gets helpless and starts moving the body as they are unable to come out of it and even breathe as well. Drowning is a silent as well as a fast process, in which there is a lack of oxygen, so it has been seen that a drowning person cannot call but moves his hands and legs to come up with the water surface, which is not noticed, can lead to drowning. Since it is not so evident, we need to start looking out for signs, especially with the child and they are as below:
The onset of the above signs indicates that the child should be taken out at once.
Drowning is a silent process, so if one notices the signs as above, they need to take immediate action. Sometimes, water enters the mouth, and that gives a feeling of being drowned, but that can be taken out after which the child feels fine. In case one feels that the child has almost drowned they can take the steps as below:
Drowning is the process where the child gets helpless and is unable to come out from the water easily. Drowning is also of two types: Secondary and dry, both are not very common, but still, one needs to be cautious else it can be lethal. Let us now understand what these two terms are and how they differ?
Drowning can happen to the child if proper supervision is not done. It could be secondary or dry. Since the child is in water, the water can reach the lungs leading to cough or breathlessness, so it is best to be cautious and watch for the below-
Being in the pool is a great time for parents and children. It is a great physical activity, refreshes all, and helps to bond well. No doubt, kids love water, but as adults or guardians, we should be on the look-out and protect the child from drowning. For that, we need to follow the regulations at the pool that are made for safety purposes, which can even help in prevention from drowning. Some of the safety points and pool rules are as follows:
Thus, one needs to keep in mind that even if the child has learned the art of swimming, he still would not know how to handle a situation when he is about to drown. So, it is best to be near him so that you can save him from drowning. It is imperative to take adequate measures so that the swimming session is fun, safe, and a pleasant one for all.
Dr Chetan Ginigeri is an experienced Pediatric Intensivist with national and international training. With 15 years of experience, he is one among very few Intensivists in India trained to take care of children who need/had organ transplants. He has been responsible for coordinating the Pediatric Organ Transplant program.Read more.
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