A member asked:

My son was having a bath and got water up his nose then gasped and then cried and now it is bedtime and i am so worried can he get delayed drowning? what do i do? thanks worried mom?

6 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. James Ferguson answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

It won't happen. The kids airway protection (the glottis) includes a valve that protects it from water entry. The reaction you witnessed was triggered by it doing what it does & startling baby in the process. It is good that it did its job. If it had not the kid would already be in trouble.

Answered 6/3/2021


Dr. Amrita Dosanjh answered

Specializes in Pediatric Allergy and Asthma

If he is breathing and acting normally, then he most likely is fine. If you have a baby monitor, it can be used tonight. Watch for stridor, difficulty breathing and follow up with your M.D.

Answered 6/2/2021



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