A family in Houston, Texas is preparing to bury their four-year-old weeks after the family went swimming in at the Texas City Dike. Doctors say the boy experienced what is called dry-drowning almost a week after the family’s trip.
The Delgado’s said their four-year-old got sick after the trip, and showed signs of what they believed was a stomach bug, which included vomiting and diarrhea. Then one day the child stopped breathing and that’s when the family called emergency crews. At the hospital, doctors found the four-year-old had fluid lungs and around his heart.
Now the family is looking to warn other parents. Dry drowning or secondary drowning, can occur hours after a child has experienced a near-drowning incident or has swallowed liquid through their mouth or nose that has ended up in their lungs. If left untreated, it can lead to brain injury, respiratory problems, and even death.
While dry drowning is rare, it is most common in young children, who can start showing symptoms of within 24 to 48 hours after inhaling water. Symptoms can include coughing, vomiting, fever, struggling for breath and mood swings.
If you are unsure if your child is experiencing symptoms of a dry drowning, Purva Grover, medical director of Cleveland Clinic Children’s pediatric emergency departments says “My best advice is when a child has a near-drowning event in the water, the first thing is to get a professional opinion.”