Danger : dry drowning

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What is "dry drowning"?

According to'the World Health Organization, the drowning is an accident is an accident characterized by the lack of oxygen when we are submerged in liquid. However today, on social networks we also hear about “dry drowning” or “delayed drowning". This is a type of drowning that happens after swimming. In this article, we will explain what to do in case of dry drowning.

How to avoid drowning ?

If If your child don't know how to swim, the risk is much more important. To prevent your child from drowning, it is essential that you supervise your child near or in the water at all times (at the beach, at the pool or in a bathtub). Drowning can take as little as 30 seconds in 10 centimeters of water. If your child puts his head in the water, he may not be able to lift it up, so be present next to your child.

Provide your child with’a floating swimsuit for children that will allow your child to be in a horizontal position at all times. That’s why Plouf is here for you !Learn to swim too. nages Of course simple swims such as dog swimming, breaststroke … Also favor supervised areas when you are atthe pool or at the sea because thethe intervention of the rescue teams is much faster.

You should also remember that your child is not always in good health, that's why you have to listen to him and see whether he is going to bathe or not.

What are the symptoms of dry drowning ?

It cannot be said that there are symptoms characteristic of dry drowning. However, there are warning signs of drowning:

• A strong cough.
• Difficulty in breathing.
• Lips that turn blue.
• Vomitings.
• Pale skin.

If you notice that your child is different after swallow water, call for help directly 911. In France, we remind you : 15, 18 or 112.

What to do when you witness a drowning ?

If you see someone drowning, call lifeguards immediately if you are in a supervised area, otherwise, call 911 immediatly.

First aid measures when the person is out of the water:

• Heat it up immediately.
• If she is unconscious, place her in the lateral safety position.
• If she is not breathing,give cardiac massage.
• If the person is a baby, give cardiac massage using both thumbs and the other fingers behind the baby's body. However if you cannot get your fingers around the baby's body use your palm to do so.


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