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Can You Drown From A Cup Of Water
No: A normal healthy person (not a baby) won't drown from a cup of water. If he is drinking water and chokes, his epiglottis will shut off any flow of air or water toward the lungs. His reflex cough automatically spews out any water from trachea, before the water even reaches the lungs. If one is very drunk, he probably won't drown but will get some water or vomit into his lungs, and get pneumonia. ...Read more
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
6 month old choked/gagged on water from sippy cup, coughed once or twice, any reason to worry about secondary drowning becAuse of this?
Not At All: No reason to worry as long as He/She is brething normally and is acting normal otherwise ...Read more
15M old choaked on water from cup She spit some water out her mouth before coughing for a min she went to bed@bedtime I'm concerned about dry drowning?
Definitions: Drowning from fluid in the lungs that occurs not during submersion in water, but up to 24 hours after swimming or bathing, defines secondary drowning. If the child inhales water into the lungs, the vocal cords can spasm. The drowning is defined 'dry' because it occurs out of the water. Ref: http://www.parenting.com/child/safety/what-you-need-to-know-about-dry-drowning ...Read more
Call 911...: Once 911 is called, check the person for breathing and pulse. If there is a pulse but no breathing, rescue breaths are indicated. If there is no pulse, CPR is needed. There are classes you can take to learn these techniques, if interested. ...Read more
No: One cannot die from aspiration of some water, one will cough and sputter and gag, but unless the water has lots of chlorine or other noxious chemical, death is not really possible. Water boarding which is repeated head dunking could cause enough aspiration of water without any recovery time to qualify as the equivalent of drowning, but usual amount causing choking, no death, no drowning. ...Read more
Physics: The more common offender is the 5 gallon paint bucket or similar, but a toilet had worked the same on occasion. Kids are top heavy. If they bend over and flip in their body weight pushes them down and they no leverage to back out. If there is no one around to pull them out they drown. ...Read more
Not normally...: If you have normal heart and kidney function, the heart will pump the water to the kidneys and then the kidneys will eliminate any water that is not needed. Drowning means the airways are filling up with fluid and this would not occur by drinking excess fluid if the heart and kidneys are working normally. ...Read more
Drowning.: If you can breathe and swallow normally now, you should be ok. ...Read more
I am really afraid of dying from a glass of water. I am afraid of secondary drowning or dry drowning. Any help?
Fixations: You need to find a mental health professional to guide you with this issue. If this fixation over a specific item is intruding in your thoughts, only investigating where the idea originated and what prompted it will help. The idea itself may be just a sign of a deeper issue you cannot realize on your own. ...Read more
I was playing with a sportsbottle, my frnd was drnkng nd I pressed it. She began to choke as a lot water went up the wrong pipe. Secondary drowning?
Extremely unlikely: A normal healthy person cannot drown by drinking too much water except in an extremely rare situation. He would have to drink a lot of water, perhaps 1-2 gallons. His blood sodium would be diluted too much, leading to brain swelling and/or seizures (some of the ways water intoxication kills people). In his semi-conscious state, he vomits water from his stomach, sucks it into his lungs, and drowns. ...Read more
Drown: Fresh water. Salt water is much more bouyant than fresh water so it is easier to stay afloat. ...Read more
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.
Highly unlikely: She threw up the water by coughing and if she still had water in her trachea she would have continued coughing until she got out most of the water. It is very unlikely that enough would be retained to compromise pulmonary function. ...Read more
I aspirated a decent amount of water by drinking & I choked pretty severely but am better now. Is secondary drowning possible?
Aspiration: Aspiration pneumonia can occur after inhaling liquids. Symptoms would include persistent cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, wheezing, abnormal sputum, etc. Drowning from aspirating a drink of water would be unlikely, and its a great sign that you are already feeling better. ...Read more
11y/o son swallowed water at pool and had headache, now dull, about 5 hrs. Just started coughing, worried about secondary drowning?
Go to ER: Chlorine does not kill all germs instantly. There are germs today that are very tolerant to chlorine and were not known to cause human disease until recently. Once these germs get in the pool, it can take from minutes to days for chlorine to kill them. Swallowing just a little water that contains these germs can make you sick. If he aspirated water into the lungs there is a risk of pneumonia. ...Read more
Not likely: Sneezing is an involuntary reflex to something that irritates certain areas in the nose. It is sudden inhalation followed by the forceful exhalation that we call a "sneeze". This could get tricky underwater, but people have experienced this and lived to tell about it. Basically most people feel it coming on and resist the inhale by keeping mouth closed; that's the trick to not drowning ;). ...Read more
Yes.: And this has happened often enough for it to be a concern. ...Read more
Swallowing water: Hello. After swallowing a large amount of bath water, it is unlikely that drowning will occur. Unless the child aspirates or vomits this water up while sleeping, he/she should be fine. Remember that small children and toddlers could drown in an inch of water so please don't allow your child to be in the tub unattended. Accidents can happen in a split second so prevention is always the best policy. ...Read more
Aspiration: Aspiration of water into the lung is usually absorbed by the lung's own mechanisms of clearing fluid. If the water is not clean or if it caused some gastric contents to be aspirated into the lungs, then it may lead to an infection. I would suggest monitoring your temperature to check for fever and notifying your physician if you are having any breathing difficulty or signs of infection. ...Read more
Can you dry drown from getting swallowing water down the wrong way, even if you supposedly cough it back up?
Can secondary drowning occur from accidentally swallowing pool water? No exertion, Minor headache for about an hour but sofar no other problems
What if he aspirated: The risk can exist from 1 to 72 hrs after the incident. Inhaled fluid can act as an irritant inside the lungs. Physiological responses to even small quantities include the extrusion of liquid into the lungs (pulmonary edema) over the following hours, and this reduces the ability to exchange air and can lead to a person "drowning in their own body fluid." If he only "swallowed" water, it's OK. ...Read more
Both my kids went swimming yesterday and both coughed a little on water. It's been 19 hours no symptoms should I still worry of secondary drowning?
Lungs made for air:
Your lungs were made to breathe air and exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide from the air. There are millions of tiny air sacs called alveoli in your lungs that were designed to use air.
These air sacs can't work in the water, and in fact, when they have water in them, they collapse and cause drowning and death. It is the way our lungs were designed.
Hope this makes sense. ...Read more
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