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What is dry drowning and how common is it in children?

What is dry drowning and how common is it in children?

See below: Dry drowning or delayed drowning occurs when a small amount of water goes into the lungs. How it ocurrs is not completely understood but it is thought that water can cause the breathing tube to tighten (laryngospasm) or cause pulmonary swelling. It can happen up to 24 hours after the water gets into the lungs. There are no reports that say how many drownings are this type. ...Read more

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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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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Can gripe water cause a baby to dry drown?

Can gripe water cause a baby to dry drown?

???: What's gripe water? And what does 'dry drown' mean? ...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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Coughed in a pool yesterday. Dry drowning scare or secondary, I have back pain ?

Coughed in a pool yesterday. Dry drowning scare or secondary, I have back pain
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Mgt: A small amount of water aspirated should not cause a problem, if you are otherwise healthy. If the cough is resolved and you are breathing normally, it should be fine. If you have breathing difficulties, fever or prolonged cough I would suggest an appointment with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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My son was drinking pop today and started choking. Hes 4. No need to worry about dry drowning correct?

My son was drinking pop today and started choking. Hes 4. No need to worry about dry drowning correct?

No: You mean worry about aspiration, if he coughed it up and now breathing fine, no need to worry, if otherwise, having severe cough, changed colors, difficult breathing, please take him to ER or call EMS, wish you both wellness ...Read more

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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

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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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Can you dry drown from getting swallowing water down the wrong way, even if you supposedly cough it back up?

Can you dry drown from getting swallowing water down the wrong way, even if you supposedly cough it back up?

No: The small amount of water will be absorbed into the body. No drowning will occur. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more