Drowning in Bed: Symptoms of Secondary Drowning

It’s been over four hours since you brought your son home from his Virginia Beach swimming lesson. He had a tough time doing his butterfly stroke and you saw him visibly choke a few times. He told he was fine, but ever since then he’s been coughing and seems really out of it.

Throughout dinner he kept holding his chest and breathing heavily. When you asked him what was wrong, he said, “Nothing.” He’s been trying to act as if he is fine, but ever since the pool incident, he just hasn’t been himself and you’re beginning to worry.

Although it’s been a few hours since the incident, could something have happened to him in which you should be concerned?

Potential Indicators of Fluid in the Lungs

Fluid in the lungs—whether a lot or a little—can be extremely hazardous to children. When the lungs can’t function correctly, this affects breathing and (more importantly) oxygenation of your brain, heart, and circulatory system. If your body doesn’t receive the proper oxygen, it can and will shut down, leading to brain damage, paralysis, and even death.

This is why it is extremely important to be aware of potential signs or indicators of excess water or fluid in your child’s lungs, especially if he experienced a “near drowning” incident or he inhaled water. These symptoms include:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lethargy
  • Chest pain
  • Mood changes

If you notice any of these symptoms in your child after swimming, seek medical attention immediately. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. The hospital will be able to identify if his lungs are clear, or if they are not functioning correctly due to excess fluid.

Do you believe your child’s drowning accident or lung issues were due to unlawful negligence? Let us help you get the justice you deserve. Our vast experience and knowledge can help give you the peace of mind you need. Don’t wait a moment longer; contact us today.

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