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Is dry drowning possible for a 7 year old who choke on a glass of water? She threw the water up right away while coughing.

Is dry drowning possible for a 7 year old who choke on a glass of water? She threw the water up right away while coughing.

Possible, Not likely: Usually the terms dry and wet drowning refer to the lungs and not if the person is in or out of water. As water starts to enter the trachea it normally triggers cough. Some develop laryngospasm,water does not get into the lungs and if the larynx doesn't relax, you get dry drowning. it sounds like your little girl choked on the water. As long as she is coughing she will be fine. wish her the best. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Farber
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Drowning (Definition)

Drowning is a condition in which water enters the lungs and causes death ...Read more


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My one year old took in some water in the bath and he was chocking. What r the chances of dry drowning. He was having a hard time catching his breath?

My one year old took in some water in the bath and he was chocking. What r  the chances of dry drowning. He was having a hard time catching his breath?

Choking: Some of the water made its way into the windpipe and his vocal cords went into a spasm causing him to choke., and cough. If the bath water had soap/body wash mixed in, irritation may also cause hoarseness of his voice or a more prolonged cough. More often than not, this situation does not cause any complications. ...Read more

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My 3 week old choked/strangled on vit D drops. If it got into her lungs, what will happen? Could it cause something like pneumonia or dry drowning?

My 3 week old choked/strangled on vit D drops. If it got into her lungs, what will happen? Could it cause something like pneumonia or dry drowning?

Not really: It's unlikely that you will notice any sequelae from this little event. The reason we cough and "choke" - it's our body's way of protecting itself and trying to keep stuff out of the lungs. Even with this protection sometimes, rarely stuff will get by, but most of the time actually nothing ever occurs. The tiny amount of medicine given for infant Vit D drops is inconsequential. Relax. It's okay. ...Read more

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My 15 month old choked on water 3 times in the bath tub while trying to drink the water. Could he be at risk for dry drowning? This was 40 minutes ago

My 15 month old choked on water 3 times in the bath tub while trying to drink the water. Could he be at risk for dry drowning? This was 40 minutes ago

Dry drowning: The entity of dry drowning is not something that has been reliably verified as a clinical entity. If your child choked on water in the bath tub while trying to drink it but did not suffer a pronged period of submersion, loss of consciousness, loss of respiratory effort or loss of pulse, and is not having trouble breathing currently, then it is unlikely to lead to adverse problems. ...Read more

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Can you dry drown by having soda go down the wrong way and you didn't cough right away?

Can you dry drown by having soda go down the wrong way and you didn't cough right away?

Depends on volume: of soda inhaled and sugar content, but not possible with just one swallow as cough reflexes usually prevent multiple. Unfortunately if one were really intoxicated or did not have normal reflexes, etc.one could get aspiration pneumonia, etc. which could leave one very ill. In a resuscitation, life saving meds are occasionally given into the trachea if iv access is not available., ...Read more

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Would you know if you were dry drowning or secondary drowning after having a swim? No coughing, breathing difficulties, pain or symptoms present

Would you know if you were dry drowning or secondary drowning after having a swim? No coughing, breathing difficulties, pain or symptoms present

Yes you would...: In simple terms you would have all the symptoms you stated you didn't have. Dry drowning is caused by airway spasm. You would cough and not be able to take a breath. ...Read more

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Is it possible for an adult to "Dry Drown" from choking on a cup of water?

Is it possible for an adult to "Dry Drown" from choking on a cup of water?

Theoretically: Anything which triggers a laryngospasm can cause "dry drowning". I believe there would have to be an underlying illness for that to occur however, most people have a reflex in the larynx to prevent the water from going into the lungs, but if this spasms (usually from prolonged or persistent exposure to noxious gasses or fluids) it could lead to death. ...Read more

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Is pulmonary edema usual in dry drowning cases?

Is pulmonary edema usual in dry drowning cases?

Not sure: I don't know what you mean by dry drowning since it necessarily requires that the lungs fill with fluid to be termed drowning. Suffocation can occur without the lungs filling with pulmonary edema, but all cases of drowning have fluid in the lungs. ...Read more