A 4-year-old child from Houston, Texas died Saturday from dry drowning nearly a week after going swimming.
Frankie Delgado went swimming on Memorial Day at the Texas City Dike and apparently inhaled some water, USA Today reported. The boy developed symptoms of what appeared to be a stomach bug for a few days, including vomiting and diarrhea. On Saturday, he complained of shoulder pain, then woke up from a nap and suddenly stopped breathing.
Paramedics tried to revive the boy, but his lungs had filled with fluid and it was too late, paramedics told the family, Fox News reported.
Dry drowning is rare and usually only occurs with young children like Frankie. The child inhales water while swimming and appears to be fine, but hours or days later can develop symptoms that in some cases lead to death.
Symptoms of dry drowning, also called secondary drowning, include coughing, vomiting, fever, struggling for breath, and mood swings, according to USA Today. Parents who notice these symptoms should take their child to the emergency room, Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Medical Director Purva Grover told USA Today in 2015.
Grover said dry drowning is rare, but it’s best to be overcautious since dry drownings are dangerous when they do occur.
Twitter users urged parents to read the story and be aware of dry drowning.
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