Dry Drowning and Delayed Drowning

May 29, 2020

Joe D Staff

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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.

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Children should be evaluated in the ER if they have been submerged underwater or have any of these symptoms:

  • Congestion
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Abnormal behavior