Latest Incident in Texas Emphasizes on Need for Awareness Regarding Dry Drowning


Published Date : Jun 12, 2017

After the sudden death of a preschooler in Texas, doctors around the country are stressing on the importance of knowing how dry drowning or delayed drowning occurs and how to prevent it from happening. Frankie Delgado of Harris County, Texas, was four years old and died within days of swimming at a local levee.

Doctors stated that the boy died from “dry drowning”, a cause his parents had never even heard of before that day. What they had assumed to be a stomach bug was actually a lot of water inhaled by Frankie while swimming. His lungs had filled with fluid and it was too late for doctors to do anything for the preschooler.

Dry Drowning Second Leading Cause of Death among Kids: CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that among children, injury drowning is the second leading cause of death, with dry and delayed drowning making up for 1 per cent to 2 per cent of that. The CDC says that this can occur in just about any water body, even the bathtub.

Chairman of Family Medicine at the MetroHealth System, Dr. Christine Alexander said that even though the incidence of dry and delayed drowning is rare, parents and people in general need to gain awareness about this condition and recognize the symptoms at the earliest. Some of the common symptoms include coughing and/or struggling to breathe, vomiting, diarrhea, chest pain, irritability, and extreme fatigue. If the child exhibits any of the aforementioned symptoms, Dr. Alexander recommends immediately calling a health care provider or taking the patient to the emergency room. Simple oxygen and various other treatments are used to help victims recover soon.