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Whether you and your family are swimming in a pool or the ocean in Carlsbad or another location in Southern California, it is important to understand the seriousness of drowning risks. In addition to drowning risks, you should also learn more about the different types of drowning — drowning, as well as dry drowning or secondary drowning — and possible sources of liability for these serious and deadly accidents. While children are often the ones who suffer serious and life-threatening harm in drowning incidents, it is important to know that anyone can drown or suffer from dry drowning, including adults who are seasoned swimmers. Our Carlsbad drowning injury lawyers can tell you more.

Drowning: What is it and How Does it Happen?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is “the process of experiencing respiratory impairment from submersion or immersion in liquid.” It can be nonfatal or fatal. The CDC reports that for children aged 1 to 4, drowning is the leading cause of death, and it is the second-leading cause of death among children aged 5 to 14. Drowning can also occur in adult swimmers, even those with experience, due to dangerous tides, intoxication, and other injuries in the water.

ryan-wilson-18905-copy-300x300Can children and adults really suffer fatal injuries as a result of “dry drowning” or “secondary drowning” in San Marcos this summer? Parents often hear about—and worry about—the risks of dry drowning, yet according to a recent article in TribLive, physicians say that there are many misconceptions about dry drowning and secondary drowning that need to be cleared up. These terms suggest that they refer to medical conditions, when in fact they often are used in many different scenarios in which people are suffering from a variety of medical conditions. As such, parents do not need to worry about dry drowning, but they do need to be aware of other medical conditions that can arise when a child is involved in a drowning accident.

Dry Drowning is Not Real, But Other Medical Conditions are

According to Dr. Peter Wernicki, who is a member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council, the terms ‘dry drowning’ and ‘secondary drowning’ are ones that have “totally been over-hyped by social media and people who are not knowledgeable on the subject.” He went on to emphasize that there is a common misconception that kids get rescued from the water or accidentally swallow or inhale water in the ocean or in a pool, and then suddenly—without warning—the child stops breathing hours or days later. As Wernicki underscores, “that just doesn’t happen.” Indeed, he clarified, “a child doesn’t act fine for eight hours and then die from drowning.”

file0001308286258Most San Diego residents do not have to wait until summer to enjoy trips to the beach or afternoons by the pool. However, given that most children are on vacation during the summer months and likely will be engaging in recreational activities in and around the water, it is important to think about water safety and ways of preventing serious and even fatal child injuries. Parents in California should understand the risks and symptoms of both dry drowning and secondary drowning, and how to react in the event that an accident happens. According to a recent article in the Huffington Post, dry drowning and secondary drowning are not especially well understood, and it is important to learn more about how these incidents can occur.

Risks Continue After a Child Leaves the Water

One of the scariest features of both dry drowning and secondary drowning is that the child typically appears to be safe after being pulled from the water, only to exhibit life-threatening symptoms at a later point. Dry drowning is a little bit different from secondary drowning in terms of the timing. To better understand the symptoms of each, we should take a closer look at what each type of drowning entails.

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