Stories of dry drowning and delayed drowning circulate every summer on social media, but they rarely occur.
Dry drowning occurs when water causes a person's vocal chords to spasm and close.
Delayed drowning happens when a small amount of water is inhaled and airways become inflamed.
Children should be evaluated in the ER if they have been submerged underwater or have any of these symptoms:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Abnormal behavior
For more information, listen to our podcast about water safety.